Intercultural relationships improve communication skills, according to new research. Continuous compromise is required on decisions about where to live, how to bring up children, religious beliefs, traditions, gender roles, holidays and friends.
Carine Cools defended her doctoral thesis ”Relational Dialectics in Intercultural Couples‘ Relationships” at Jyväskylä University on Monday. Cools, a senior research associate at the university, emphasised that nothing can be taken for granted in intercultural relationships. Even basic issues are subject to ongoing negotiation.