The Relationship Between Marital Characteristics, Marital Interaction Processes, and Marital Satisfaction

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Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Structural Equation Modeling techniques were used to clarify the relationship between marital characteristics, marital processes, and the dependent variable-marital satisfaction-in a sample of 201 participants who were in 1st marriages. The Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS; G. B. Spanier, 1976) and the Enriching and Nurturing Relationship Issues. Communication and Happiness Inventory (ENRICH; D. H. Olson, D. G. Fournier. & J. M. Druckman, 1987) provided scales to measure marital interaction processes and marital satisfaction. A new instrument. the Characteristics of Marriage Inventory (CHARISMA; J. R. Rosen-Grandon & J. E. Myers, 2001), was developed using factor analysis to determine which marital characteristics were statistically significant. Structural equation modeling identified a path model wherein 6 marital interaction processes had a statistically significant influence on marital satisfaction when mediated by 3 latent factors of marital characteristics (love, loyalty. and shared values) and 2 moderating variables (length of marriage and gender of participant).

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Journal of Counseling and Development, 82(1), 58-68.
Language: English
Date: 2004
Marriage, Counseling, Marriage characteristics, Marital satisfaction, Marital interaction

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