ERIC Number: EJ850089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Do Spousal Discrepancies in Marital Quality Assessments Affect Psychological Adjustment to Widowhood?
Carr, Deborah; Boerner, Kathrin
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p495-509 Aug 2009
We use prospective couple-level data from the Changing Lives of Older Couples to assess the extent to which spouses concur in their assessments of marital quality (N = 844) and whether discrepancies in spouses' marital assessments affect the bereaved spouse's psychological adjustment 6 months after loss (n = 105). Spouses' assessments of marital quality are correlated modestly (r = 0.45), with women offering less positive assessments. Bereaved persons who had rated their marriages more positively than their spouse at the preloss interview reported higher levels of anger 6 months postloss. We conclude that persons who offer more positive appraisals of their marriages than their spouse may view spousal loss as a particularly unjust event. We discuss implications for understanding late life marriage and spousal bereavement.
Descriptors: Spouses, Marital Satisfaction, Psychological Studies, Emotional Adjustment, Death, Widowed, Social Indicators, Intimacy, Attachment Behavior, Depression (Psychology), Grief, Coping, Individual Differences, Family Attitudes
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