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ERIC Number: EJ864678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
The Long-Term Consequences of Relationship Formation for Subjective Well-Being
Soons, Judith P. M.; Liefbroer, Aart C.; Kalmijn, Matthijs
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n5 p1254-1270 Dec 2009
This study examines how relationship transitions affect subjective well-being (SWB) and how this effect changes over time. We used prospective data containing information about 18 years of young adults' lives (PSIN, N = 5, 514). SWB was measured with the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Within-person multilevel regression analyses showed that dating, unmarried cohabitation, and marriage had additional well-being enhancing effects. After entry into a union, well-being slowly decreased. A large SWB decrease was found after union dissolution, but through adaptation or repartnering well-being increased again. Well-being of never-married and never-cohabiting young adults decreased slowly over time. These effects were independent of parenthood and employment. Our results confirm expectations from the resources theory but contradict some assumptions of the set-point theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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