ERIC Number: EJ938349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Reference Count: 51
Dyadic Processes in Early Marriage: Attributions, Behavior, and Marital Quality
Durtschi, Jared A.; Fincham, Frank D.; Cui, Ming; Lorenz, Frederick O.; Conger, Rand D.
Family Relations, v60 n4 p421-434 Oct 2011
Marital processes in early marriage are important for understanding couples' future marital quality. Spouses' attributions about a partner's behavior have been linked to marital quality, yet the mechanisms underlying this association remain largely unknown. When we used couple data from the Family Transitions Project (N = 280 couples) across the first 4 years of marriage, results from actor-partner interdependence modeling demonstrated that early marriage responsibility attributions were associated with marital quality 4 years later after controlling for initial marital quality. Further, couples' warm and hostile behavior 2 years into the marriage mediated the attribution-marital quality association. The results suggest that interventions designed to facilitate change in romantic relationships may benefit from addressing attributions for the partner's behavior, in addition to changing behaviors, as part of a dyadic process unfolding across time.
Descriptors: Marital Satisfaction, Marriage, Interpersonal Relationship, Spouses, Affective Behavior, Correlation, Intervention, Intimacy, Behavior Change
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