Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 191–204 | Cite as

Commitment and Relationship Maintenance Behaviors as Marital Protective Factors during Economic Pressure

  • Jeffrey DewEmail author
  • Mark Jackson
Original Paper


Using a contemporary national sample of married couples (N = 1368 couples) and a dyadic path analysis, the authors examined whether commitment and relationship maintenance behaviors facilitate marital quality resilience for wives and husbands reporting recession-related financial stressors and economic pressure. Relationship maintenance behaviors moderated the association between economic pressure and marital quality for wives. Wives reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower levels of divorce proneness during economic pressure when husbands reported higher levels of relationship maintenance behaviors. Unexpectedly, wives reported higher levels of divorce proneness during economic pressure when husbands reported higher levels of marital commitment.


Commitment Economic well-being Marital quality Relationship maintenance behaviors 



These data were collected using a grant funded by The Science of Generosity Initiative at the University of Notre Dame.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Family LifeBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsSalt Lake CityUSA

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