Title

The Role of Marital Beliefs as a Component of Positive Relationship Functioning

Keywords

Marital belief Relationship satisfaction Attitude Commitment Relational effort Relationship stability Paradigm

Abstract

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

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-11-07

Publisher

Journal of Adult Development

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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