Title

Linking Financial Strain to Marital Instability: Examining the Roles of Emotional Distress and Marital Interaction

Keywords

Couple interaction, Disagreements, Financial strain, Marital conflict, Marital instability

Abstract

Using a sample consisting of 4,997 married couples from the National Survey of Families and Households, individual emotional distress, the occurrence of couple disagreements, couple fighting, and couple quality time together mediated the relationship between financial strain and personal assessments of marital instability. The overall results suggest that financial strain influences both positive and negative forms of couple interaction which are stronger mediators than personal emotional distress of the relationship between financial strain and marital instability. The results further suggest that there were no gender differences among these linkages.

Original Publication Citation

Gudmunson, C. G., Beutler, I. F., Israelsen, C. L., McCoy, J., & Hill, E. J. (2007). Linking financial strain to marital instability: Examining the roles of emotional distress and marital interaction. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 28, 357-376. doi: 10.1007/s10834-007-9074-7

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-06-01

Publisher

Journal of Family and Economic Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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