Gender Role Beliefs and Intercultural Relationships


  • Jessica BUJOR International Psychology Program, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria
  • Karl G.D. BAILEY PhD, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Andrews University, USA


The main objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between gender role beliefs and intercultural relationship quality for individuals in committed relationships, and between gender role beliefs and willingness to date outside one’s respective culture for individuals not in committed relationships. We also measured individual participants’ willingness to cross cultural boundaries when dating. The survey was available in both English and Spanish to increase sample size and accessibility. We ran separate regressions for singles and couples to estimate the relationship between gender role beliefs and the quality of close relationships. The findings revealed no significant correlation between gender role beliefs and couples’ relationship quality or between gender role beliefs and singles’ willingness. Therefore, this study contributes to research on cross-cultural relationships, showing that differences do not seem to define the quality of the relationship. KEYWORDS: intercultural relationships, gender roles, relationship quality