Misconceptions About the U-Shaped Curve of Marital Satisfaction Over the Life Course
marital satisfaction, longitudinal research
There are three misconceptions about the empirical generalization the there is a curvilinear relationship between marital satisfaction and the family life cycle. These misconceptions are that the generalization is based primarily on cross-sectional data, the slope of the U-shaped curve is steep and dramatic, and change in marital satisfaction over the life course is primarily a function of changes in parenting. These misconceptions are reexamined using longitudinal research. Implications for family life educators and researchers are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Miller, R.B. (2000). Misconceptions about the U-shaped curve of marital satisfaction over the life course. Family Science Review, 13, 60-73.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Miller, Richard B., "Misconceptions About the U-Shaped Curve of Marital Satisfaction Over the Life Course" (2000). Faculty Publications. 3975.
Family Science Review
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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