ERIC Number: EJ825877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
For Richer, for Poorer: Money as a Topic of Marital Conflict in the Home
Papp, Lauren M.; Cummings, E. Mark; Goeke-Morey, Marcie C.
Family Relations, v58 n1 p91-103 Feb 2009
Guided by a family stress perspective, we examined the hypothesis that discussing money would be associated with the handling of marital conflict in the home. Analyses were based on dyadic hierarchical linear modeling of 100 husbands' and 100 wives' diary reports of 748 conflict instances. Contrary to findings from previous laboratory-based surveys, spouses did not rate money as the most frequent source of marital conflict in the home. However, compared to nonmoney issues, marital conflicts about money were more pervasive, problematic, and recurrent, and remained unresolved, despite including more attempts at problem solving. Implications for professionals who assist couples in managing their relationships and family finances are discussed.
Descriptors: Conflict, Family Relationship, Income, Money Management, Spouses, Marital Instability, Stress Variables, Problem Solving
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