Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 183–198

A Test of Contextual Theory: The Relationship Among Relational Ethics, Marital Satisfaction, Health Problems, and Depression

Authors

    • Department of Child and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of Southern Mississippi
  • Richard B. Miller
    • School of Family LifeBrigham Young University
  • W. David Robinson
    • Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Derrel J. Higgins
    • Department of PsychologyMesa Community College
  • W. Jeff Hinton
    • Department of Child and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10591-008-9073-3

Cite this article as:
Grames, H.A., Miller, R.B., Robinson, W.D. et al. Contemp Fam Ther (2008) 30: 183. doi:10.1007/s10591-008-9073-3

Abstract

Few studies have examined the theoretical underpinning of contextual theory. Using structural equation modeling, the relationship among relational ethics (recognized as the most important aspect of contextual theory), marital satisfaction, depression, and illness was examined. Data came from a national sample of 632 mid-life, married individuals. Results supported Nagy’s contextual theory. The total score of the Relational Ethics Scale was a significant predictor of marital satisfaction, and marital satisfaction was significantly associated with depression and health problems. Vertical and horizontal subscales of relational ethics also were significant predictors of depression and health problems through the mediating variable of marital satisfaction.

Keywords

Contextual theoryRelational ethicsMarital satisfactionDepressionHealth

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