Intimate Relationships across ethnic borders in the globalised world: Implications for Psychosocial Services

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Intermarried couples in Denmark face a range of psychosocial challenges in the context of dominant discourse of homogeneity coexisting with ethnic diversity. The chapter deals with the couples’ managing of everyday life, mental health, wellbeing and implications for health promotion and counseling based primarily on an explorative study
A theoretical framework consisting of intersectionality approach combined with everyday life management and life course forms the basis of the study. The participants (n=10) are ‘ordinary’ persons in mixed relationships where one partner is from South Asia and the other a native Dane forming visibly ethnically different couples (Phoenix, 2011).
The analysis indicates that internal, personal and family aspects, such as realistic plans, mix everyday practices, and focussing on the fun part, are in interplay with the external aspects such as formal and informal acceptance of the intermarriage in society, dominant gender roles, recognition and inclusion for the mixed couples. Some of these aspects and practices are related to positive mental health and wellbeing depending on the life course phase.
Simultaneous attention to internal and external aspects, inclusive practice are among the implications for counseling combined with addressing the issue of mixedness in the society, relevant services, research and policy
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordic Russian Cooperation 2012-2015 NCM- RU 100098" network for Educational Research on the Social Development in Multicultural Pre/School Settin
EditorsH.H. Cymaeaa, H.B. Myumacuhckaa
Number of pages26
Place of PublicationSt. Petersburg, Russia
PublisherSt Petersburg Academy of In- Service Pedagogical Education
Publication date1 May 2016
ISBN (Print)978-5-7434-0729-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • intermarriage, societal homogeneity, psychosocial challenges, intersectionality, life course perspective, opportunities and limitations, inclusive counselling practice

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