The purpose of this research is to assess how millennials experience romantic relationships since they are at the prime age and technological advancement of dating. How African American partners in particular, develop concepts of healthy romantic relationships before or negating to say, “I Do”, is still an underexplored area. Using semi-structured interviews, ten respondents who self-identify as predominately dating a different sex, provided narratives exploring the impacts of gendered racialized inequalities. Feelings of having a healthy self, increased discussion about relationship flexibility, and the negotiation of heteronormative gender performances and expectations were overarching themes that emerged from these narratives. My findings contribute to shortening the gap between African American self-definitions and that of the larger Eurocentric culture.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Corrections
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jackson, C. (2020). "In My Feelings": Millennial African Americans' perceptions, understanding, and experience of healthy romantic relationships [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1059/
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