“The religious differences among mixed Italian couples: a psychosocial approach”

  • Alberto Mascena Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Keywords: Keywords: immigration/migration; mixed couples; intimate relationship; family health; religion


Starting from the results of 33 interviews conducted over two years with 11 mixed couples who live in Italy, this study explore through a psychosocial perspective the role of religious differences in a "mixed" couple’s relationship. We emphasizes the importance of interaction and negotiation within the couple, relativizing the role of religion as a monolithic "idea". We also pay attention to the social dimension within which the partners live and build their own experience as a couple. We suggest also theoretical and practical perspectives that can allow a better understanding of this phenomenon, in order to structure an approach that is sensitive to the real characteristics of these unions.

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