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ERIC Number: EJ1051784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Development of Self-Esteem and Relationship Satisfaction in Couples: Two Longitudinal Studies
Erol, Ruth Yasemin; Orth, Ulrich
Developmental Psychology, v50 n9 p2291-2303 Sep 2014
We examined the effects of self-esteem development on the development of relationship satisfaction in 2 samples of couples. Study 1 used data from both partners of 885 couples assessed 5 times over 12 years, and Study 2 used data from both partners of 6,116 couples assessed 3 times over 15 years. The pattern of results was similar across the 2 studies. First, development of relationship satisfaction could be modeled as a couple-level process. Second, initial level of self-esteem of each partner predicted the initial level of the partners' common relationship satisfaction, and change in self-esteem of each partner predicted change in the partners' common relationship satisfaction. Third, these effects did not differ by gender and held when controlling for participants' age, length of relationship, health, and employment status. Fourth, self-esteem similarity among partners did not influence the development of their relationship satisfaction. The findings suggest that the development of self-esteem in both partners of a couple contributes in a meaningful way to the development of the partners' common satisfaction with their relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale
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