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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Scot M. Allgood


This study investigated the relationship between marital stability and social support and negative interactions in Utah. Past research indicates that negative behavioral interactions have a negative correlation with marital stability. Past research also indicates that support of one's marriage positively correlates with marital stability. The data were taken from the Utah Marriage Movement Statewide Baseline survey. The total sample for this study included 886 married men and women over the age of 18. Spearman's rho correlation and multiple regression were used to analyze the data. Results of the study show that negative interactions had a negative correlation with marital stability. Social support was shown to positively correlate with marital stability to a small degree. Demographic variables of gender and educations were also analyzed. The correlation between negative interactions and marital stability was the strongest of the variables.