Title

Housing Cost Burden and Marital Satisfaction

Keywords

finances, financial stressors, housing, housing burden, marital satisfaction, marriage, stress

Abstract

This study assessed the relationship between housing burden ratios and marital satisfaction. We also examined whether economic pressure might mediate this association and whether housing satisfaction would moderate it. Using existing data from the National Survey of Families and Households (n = 5,109 participants), results suggested that participants' housing burden ratio was negatively associated with marital satisfaction. Among homeowners, having a paid-off home mortgage was positively associated with marital satisfaction. These relationships were fully mediated by feelings of economic pressure. Although housing satisfaction was positively associated with marital satisfaction, it did not mediate the association between participants' housing burden ratio and their reported marital satisfaction.

Original Publication Citation

Nelson, S.*, Delgadillo, L., & Dew, J. P. (2013). Housing cost burden and marital satisfaction. Marriage and Family Review, 49, 546–561.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-09-04

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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