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Love Around Us

The Role of Love in Education, Parenting, and Romantic Relationships

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Love is the most important resource of every human being’s life. The authors examine what kind of roles love might have in different phases of life. They discuss how love makes life more meaningful and enjoyable. However, there are still love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. This book provides research-based analyses about the different roles of love including forms that have aroused contradictory feelings and prejudices, such as falling in love in the old age and love in people with intellectual disability are discussed. The book serves as a textbook for studies in psychology, education, and other fields in human sciences.

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Chapter 7. The Accumulation Theory of Multicultural Romantic Relationships (Kaarina Määttä / Jaana Anglé / Satu Uusiautti)

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Kaarina Määttä, Jaana Anglé, & Satu Uusiautti

Chapter 7 The Accumulation Theory of Multicultural Romantic Relationships

Abstract: The purpose of this chapter was to analyze the stability and quality of multicultural marriages in Finland. The accumulation theory of multicultural relationships is introduced as the conclusion.

Introduction

Finland has had cultural minorities for centuries (McRae, 1997). However, in today’s globalizing world, cultural encounters are more mundane than in those days. Therefore, it is important to understand events resulting from this phenomenon (Bras & Kok, 2005). Modern Finnish people travel abroad in leisure and due to work—and so, the partner is often found elsewhere than from one’s own home country (Williams, 2010). About 13 % of new marriages in Finland are multicultural; that means over 3,700 new multicultural marriages per year (Statistics Finland, 2013). This naturally means that many Finnish families have foreign relatives who may not always welcomed at first, but along with time, cultural differences get less attention than at the beginning of the multicultural relationship (Wong, 2003). From the point of view of the Finnish society, multicultural relationships face challenges in starting and adjusting to normal Finnish life. This is partly due to the wider scale of cultural practices than in traditional Finnish marriages. For example, gender-related tasks, child care, habits, and language can be seen differently in the new home country (Beck-Gernsheim & Beck, 1995; Seol, 2009). Often the differences are quite visible, sometimes...

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