Marital Satisfaction, Adulthood

  • Benjamin Silliman
  • Walter Schumm
  • Robyn Parker
  • Michele Simons


Promotion of marital satisfaction requires a clear understanding of relationship processes and outcomes as well as prevention and intervention strategies. Relationships are assessed by instruments focused on subjective satisfaction or perceived quality. Observational measures typically focus on processes including interactive behaviors such as verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict resolution, or problem-solving exchanges. Adjustment indicates satisfaction, successful task completion, coping or adaptation, or togetherness. Stability, marked by absence of thoughts or steps toward separation or divorce and marital duration often serve as proxy for success, although they may inadequately describe relationship adjustment (Bradbury, Fincham, & Beach, 2000; Gottman & Notarius, 2000; Huston, 2000). Prevention/competence-building resources include self-help books, tapes, or web sites, couple- or professional-directed workshops or support groups, or needs assessments designed to prevent conflict or divorce and promote marital adjustment. These marriage education or psychoeducational strategies are usually distinguished from but can be incorporated in marital therapy.


Marital Satisfaction Divorce Rate Marital Quality Marital Adjustment Marital Duration 
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  • Benjamin Silliman
  • Walter Schumm
  • Robyn Parker
  • Michele Simons

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