MARITAL QUALITY, SOCIAL NETWORKS, MARRIAGE, HEALTH, SATISFACTION, AMBIVALENCE, HETEROGENEITY, PERSONALITY, RELIABILITY, PREDICTION
Higher quality relationships have been linked to improved outcomes; however, the measurement of relationship quality often ignores its complexity and the possibility of co-occurring positivity and negativity across different contexts. The goal of this study is to test the added benefit of including multiple dimensions, contexts, and perspectives of relationship quality from both individuals in predicting marital functioning. The Social Relationships Index assessed positive and negative dimensions of relationship quality under neutral, positive, and support-seeking contexts for 183 heterosexual married couples. Models showed that the inclusion of multiple dimensions of relationship quality across all three contexts improved prediction of marital functioning for both women and men. The use of multidimensional multicontextual relationship quality assessments is highly recommended.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Birmingham, Wendy C.; Reblin, Maija; Vaughn, Allison A.; Smith, Timothy W.; Uchino, Bert N.; and Spahr, Chandler M., "Complex assessment of relationship quality within dyads" (2020). Faculty Publications. 6047.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences