Title

Daily Hassles, Intimacy, and Marital Quality in Later Life Marriages

Keywords

daily stress, intimacy, marriage quality, older age

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-11-30

Publisher

The American Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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