ERIC Number: EJ850090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Economic Crisis and Marital Problems in Turkey: Testing the Family Stress Model
Aytac, Isik A.; Rankin, Bruce H.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p756-767 Aug 2009
This paper applied the family stress model to the case of Turkey in the wake of the 2001 economic crisis. Using structural equation modeling and a nationally representative urban sample of 711 married women and 490 married men, we tested whether economic hardship and the associated family economic strain on families resulted in greater marital problems. Our results showed a modified family stress model applies to Turkey. In contrast to most previous research, economic strain had a direct effect on marital problems, and the indirect effect of strain, via emotional distress, was only significant for women. The results were interpreted in light of social and cultural factors that condition how economic distress affects marital relations.
Descriptors: Marital Instability, Structural Equation Models, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Economic Factors, Stress Variables, Urban Areas, Males, Females, Marriage, Family Income, Emotional Response, Gender Differences, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey