Perceptions of Parents' Marriage Predicting Marital Satisfaction: The Moderating Role of Attachment Behaviors
Attachment behaviors, couples, perception, relationship quality
This study sought to examine the relationship between perception of parents' marriage, marital satisfaction, and attachment behaviors. Participants included 521 married couples taken from the RELATE project. Gender differences were found between husbands and wives perception of parents' marriage and marital satisfaction. Results also indicated that attachment behaviors were positively and significantly related to increased martial satisfaction for both husbands and wives. Additionally, attachment behaviors moderated the relationship between perception of parents' marriage and marital satisfaction. When perception of parents' marriage was negative but attachment behaviors were high, marital satisfaction increased. These findings underscore the importance attachment behaviors play in married relationships. Clinical implications and future research are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Alder, M.C., Yorgason, J.B., Sandberg, J.G., & Davis, S.D. (2018). Perceptions of parents’ marriage predicting marital satisfaction: The moderating role of attachment behaviors. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 17(2), 146-164.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Alder, Meagan C.; Yorgason, Jeremy B.; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; and Davis, Stephanie, "Perceptions of Parents' Marriage Predicting Marital Satisfaction: The Moderating Role of Attachment Behaviors" (2017). Faculty Publications. 2389.
Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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