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