Daily Hassles, Intimacy, and Marital Quality in Later Life Marriages
daily stress, intimacy, marriage quality, older age
This study addressed the relationship between daily stress, intimacy, and marital quality in mature marriages in which the ages of husbands and wives ranged from 55 to 75 years. Four hundred and seventy-two individuals married to each other and randomly sampled from all fifty states completed the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships, and the Hassles and Uplifts Scale. Findings indicated that daily stress was negatively related to marital quality for both wives and husbands, and that intimacy mediated the relationship between stress and marital quality for both husbands and wives. Implications for marriage and family therapy practice are explored.
Original Publication Citation
Harper, J. M., & Sandberg, J. G., Schaalje, B. J. (2000). The effects of daily hassles and intimacy on marital quality in mature marriages. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 28, 1-18.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Harper, James M.; Schaalje, G. Bruce; and Sandberg, Jonathan G., "Daily Hassles, Intimacy, and Marital Quality in Later Life Marriages" (2010). All Faculty Publications. 2430.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences