, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 101-121

Family-of-Origin Predictors of Hostile Conflict in Early Marriage*

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ABSTRACT

This study used data from 367 married couples to examine the relationship between select family-of-origin variables measured during engagement and hostile marital conflict measured 4–7 years later. Each spouse completed family-of-origin measures from the PREParation for Marriage questionnaire during their engagement. Four to seven years later, they completed a measure of hostile marital conflict involving insults, name calling, unwillingness to listen, and lack of emotional involvement. Wives’ mother–child relationship and the quality of parental discipline, as well as the husbands’ perceived quality of their parents’ marriage, were predictive of wives’ perception of hostile conflict in their marriages. Only wives’ quality of parental discipline was predictive of husbands’ perception of hostile marital conflict. Implications for premarital counseling and marital therapy are discussed.

This is a revised version of a poster presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Irvine, California, November, 1999.