Title

Financial Disagreements and Marital Conflflict Tactics

Keywords

financial therapy, marital conflict, conflict tactics

Abstract

Recent studies have suggested that relative to other types of marital disagreement, financial disagreements are more problematic for couples. Using data from the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 3,861 couples), we tested whether different types of marital disagreements predicted self-reported marital conflict tactics. Considering the findings overall, financial disagreements were among the consistent top predictors of conflict tactics, including using heated arguments more frequently than calm discussion. Contrary to previous studies, however, disagreements over housework also predicted conflict tactics about as strongly as financial disagreements. Husbands’ reports of financial disagreements were more closely associated with conflict tactics than wives’ reports.

Original Publication Citation

Dew, J. P,& Dakin, J.* (2011). Financial disagreements and marital conflict tactics. Journal of Financial Therapy, 2(1), 23–42.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Journal of Financial Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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