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Relationship Problems Over the Early Years of Marriage: Stability or Change?
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PMID:  25150369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Although couples' management of differences and problems is widely assumed to be central to the course and outcome of their relationships, some theoretical perspectives hold that marital conflicts increase over the newlywed years, whereas others maintain that couples' problems remain stable. We tested these opposing views by examining changes in marital problems and marital satisfaction over the first 4 years of marriage in a sample of 169 newlywed couples. Although marital satisfaction declined on average, overall levels of marital problems remained stable. Analyses of 19 specific problems generally revealed considerable stability as well, although husbands and wives rated showing affection as increasingly problematic over time. These findings challenge longstanding assumptions regarding the role of accumulating conflict in marital functioning over time and suggest that specific and overall problems in marriage largely remain stable over the newlywed years. Implications for theory and clinical practice are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
Justin A Lavner; Benjamin R Karney; Thomas N Bradbury
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1939-1293     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Psychol     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-8-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8802265     Medline TA:  J Fam Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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