Marital Quality, Context, and Interaction: A Comparison of Individuals Across Various Income Levels
Date of Award:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Human Development and Family Studies
Department name when degree awarded
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Thomas R. Lee
Thomas R. Lee
This research compared measures of marital quality between married respondents who were classified as adults currently receiving government assistance (GA) or adults not currently receiving government assistance (NGA). Additional demographic/contextual variables such as gender, age, age at first marriage, religiosity, income, education, cohabitation, mental health, and substance abuse along with four interactional variables - escalating negativity, criticism, negative interpretation, and withdrawal - were measured as potential correlates with marital quality.
Results indicated statistically significant differences between GA and NGA individuals on all of the marital quality measures and on 8 of the 11 demographic/contextual variables. Additionally, the four interactional variables showed strong predictive associations for each measure of marital quality for both GA and NGA individuals. Findings from this study are synthesized to help legislators, policy makers, therapists, and other helping professionals target specific needs and intervention strategies for each of these two distinct populations.
Harris, Victor W., "Marital Quality, Context, and Interaction: A Comparison of Individuals Across Various Income Levels" (2006). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 2568.
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