Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

David Martinez

Second Advisor

Brent Ferm

Third Advisor

Andrea Zorbas


This study aimed to examine the association between psychotic symptoms and the quality of romantic relationships amongst ethnic minority young adults. Approximately 10.4 million people, which represents 4.2% of the adult population in the U.S, are currently diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, including psychotic disorders. Prior research found that ethnic minorities, in general, have an increased risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. People with SMI generally have issues being and maintaining romantic relationships. However, being in positive romantic relationships is associated with better physical and mental well-being. The final sample size for the study consisted of 411 young adult ethnic minorities. The results showed that while controlling for perceived stress levels, psychotic symptoms were only a significant predictor of romantic relationship quality: relationship satisfaction. Psychotic symptoms did not significantly predict the other relationship quality factors such as relationship trust, relationship commitment, and relationship communication. Study results can direct both future research and clinical practice towards symptom management and incorporating the experience of sexuality and romantic relationships among young adult ethnic minorities with psychosis or SMI.