Keywords

commitment, economic well-being, marital quality, relationship management behaviors

Abstract

Using a contemporary national sample of married couples (N = 1368 couples) and a dyadic path analysis, the authors examined whether commitment and relationship maintenance behaviors facilitate marital quality resilience for wives and husbands reporting recession-related financial stressors and economic pressure. Relationship maintenance behaviors moderated the association between economic pressure and marital quality for wives. Wives reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower levels of divorce proneness during economic pressure when husbands reported higher levels of relationship maintenance behaviors. Unexpectedly, wives reported higher levels of divorce proneness during economic pressure when husbands reported higher levels of marital commitment.

Original Publication Citation

Dew, J. P.,& Jackson, M.* (2017). Commitment and relationship maintenance behaviors as marital protective factors during economic pressure. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 39, 191–204.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-10-23

Publisher

Journal of Family and Economic Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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