The Role of Marital Beliefs as a Component of Positive Relationship Functioning
Marital belief Relationship satisfaction Attitude Commitment Relational effort Relationship stability Paradigm
The present study utilized a sample of 962 individuals in dating, cohabiting, and marital relationships to examine how beliefs about marriage salience and permanence were associated with individual relationship functioning. While previous studies have suggested that marital beliefs are associated with individual decision making, few studies have examined how such beliefs might be associated with differing individual relational behavior and perceptions. The present study explored how marital beliefs may be associated with perceptions of relationship satisfaction and stability through the indirect pathways of individual commitment and relational effort. Results suggested that marital beliefs were significantly associated with perceptions of relational well-being in which more positive beliefs about marriage were indirectly associated with perceptions of more satisfaction and more stability. Multigroup comparisons suggested that these associations held for those in all types of relationships. Results also suggested that marital permanence may be particularly important to perceptions of well-being in marital relationships.
Original Publication Citation
Willoughby, B. J. (2015). The role of marital beliefs as a component of positive relationship functioning. Journal of Adult Development, 22, 76-89
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Willoughby, Brian J., "The Role of Marital Beliefs as a Component of Positive Relationship Functioning" (2014). Faculty Publications. 5132.
Journal of Adult Development
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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