How to have a long-lasting multicultural marriage? Introducing the accumulation theory of multicultural romantic relationships


  • Kaarina Määttä, Prof. Dr. University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Jaana Anglé University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Satu Uusiautti, Dr. University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland


Multicultural marriage, immigrant spouse, Finland, multicultural relationship, long-lasting marriage


The purpose of this study was to analyze the factors enhancing stability of multicultural marriages in Finland. The main question set for the study was: What factors explain the stability of multicultural marriages described by the spouses themselves? This was further divided into two sub-questions of what phases long-lasting multicultural marriages go through and what the special features describing the stability of multicultural marriages are. This was a qualitative study, in which 11 Finnish spouses’ interviews formed the data. The results describe the phases of a long-lasting multicultural marriage and factors enhancing the stability of a multicultural marriage, based on which the stability of multicultural marriages was further discussed. The possible conflicts and supportive factors can be located at various levels each contributing to the quality of the relationship. The accumulation theory of multicultural relationships is introduced as the conclusion


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Author Biographies

Kaarina Määttä, Prof. Dr., University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

PhD, Professor, Vice-rector, University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

Satu Uusiautti, Dr., University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland

PhD, Professor, University of Lapland, Finland. P.O. Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland


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Määttä, K., Anglé, J., & Uusiautti, S. (2014). How to have a long-lasting multicultural marriage? Introducing the accumulation theory of multicultural romantic relationships. Journal of Social Sciences (COES&Amp;RJ-JSS), 3(3), 381–398. Retrieved from