Keywords

MARITAL QUALITY, SOCIAL NETWORKS, MARRIAGE, HEALTH, SATISFACTION, AMBIVALENCE, HETEROGENEITY, PERSONALITY, RELIABILITY, PREDICTION

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-9

Publisher

Community Psychology

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

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Psychology Commons

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