Carol Green

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Master of Science (MS)




Jay R. Skidmore


Researchers and therapists have given increasing attention and recognition to the cognitive components of marital distress. Numerous investigators have attempted to identify and operationalize key cognitive variables that are related to marital satisfaction. In doing so, researchers have looked at the differences between distressed and nondistressed couples in relation to certain categories of cognitive variables, hoping to demonstrate that a significant relationship exists between certain types of cognition and marital satisfaction. Although investigators agree that certain categories of cognition are directly related to marital satisfaction, there is no clear consensus on the degree of influence that these cognitive variables have on marital satisfaction and to what extent these variables are interrelated.

The present study examined the relationship between marital satisfaction and four categories of cognition: casual attributions, expectancies, standards, and assumptions. Correlation analyses showed little if any multicolinearity between the independent variables. Stepwise regression analyses failed to yield a statistically significant model for predicting marital satisfaction using strictly these four independent variables. Although previous studies have demonstrated a relationship between scores on assessment measures for these four independent variables and marital satisfaction, the current sample did not follow this pattern.



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