Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
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Marital Quality and Family Configurations

  • Eric D. WidmerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3921




Relatives and friends often have strong feelings and concerns about what happens to couples, as marital dyads are at the very core of interpersonal contexts. Relatives and friends can be a resource that promotes marital quality. Support from relatives and friends may however foster tension and conflict within marriage because it interferes in marital issues. This entry presents some studies about the interrelation between marital quality, personal networks, and family configurations beyond the nuclear family.

Personal Networks and Conjugal Dyads

A large number of studies have identified the contribution of personal networks to couples (Widmer, 2004). Contemporary couples are not isolates. They keep regular contacts with relatives and friends, and several kinds of exchanges exist with them. Those contacts and exchanges are however limited in various ways (Coenen-Huther, Kellerhals, & von Allmen, 1994). Network...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland