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The Associations of Dyadic Coping and Relationship Satisfaction Vary between and within Nations: A 35-Nation Study

Hilpert, Peter, Randall, Ashley K., Sorokowski, Piotr, Atkins, David C, Sorokowska, Agnieszka, Ahmadi, Khodabakhsh, Aghraibeh, Ahmad M., Aryeetey, Richmond, Bertoni, Anna, Bettache, Karim , Błażejewska, Marta, Bodenmann, Guy, Borders, Jessica, Bortolini, Tiago S., Butovskaya, Marina, Castro, Felipe N., Cetinkaya, Hakan, Cunha, Diana, David, Oana A., DeLongis, Anita, Dileym, Fahd A., Domínguez Espinosa, Alejandra D. C., Donato, Silvia, Dronova, Daria, Dural, Seda, Fisher, Maryanne, Frackowiak, Tomasz, Gulbetekin, Evrim, Hamamcıoğlu Akkaya, Aslıhan, Hansen, Karolina, Hattori, Wallisen T., Hromatko, Ivana, Iafrate, Raffaella, James, Bawo O., Jiang, Feng, Kimamo, Charles O., King, David B., Koç, Fırat, Laar, Amos, Lopes, Fívia De Araújo, Martinez, Rocio, Mesko, Norbert, Molodovskaya, Natalya, Moradi, Khadijeh, Motahari, Zahrasadat, Natividade, Jean C., Ntayi, Joseph, Ojedokun, Oluyinka, Omar-Fauzee, Mohd S. B., Onyishi, Ike E., Özener, Barış, Paluszak, Anna, Portugal, Alda, Relvas, Ana P., Rizwan, Muhammad, Salkičević, Svjetlana, Sarmány-Schuller, Ivan, Stamkou, Eftychia, Stoyanova, Stanislava, Šukolová, Denisa, Sutresna, Nina, Tadinac, Meri, Teras, Andero, Tinoco Ponciano, Edna L., Tripathi, Ritu, Tripathi, Nachiketa, Tripathi, Mamta, Vilchinsky, Noa, Xu, Feng, Yamamoto, Maria E. and Yoo, Gyesook (2016) The Associations of Dyadic Coping and Relationship Satisfaction Vary between and within Nations: A 35-Nation Study Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1106.

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Theories about how couples help each other to cope with stress, such as the systemic transactional model of dyadic coping, suggest that the cultural context in which couples live influences how their coping behavior affects their relationship satisfaction. In contrast to the theoretical assumptions, a recent meta-analysis provides evidence that neither culture, nor gender, influences the association between dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction, at least based on their samples of couples living in North America and West Europe. Thus, it is an open questions whether the theoretical assumptions of cultural influences are false or whether cultural influences on couple behavior just occur in cultures outside of the Western world.


In order to examine the cultural influence, using a sample of married individuals (N = 7973) from 35 nations, we used multilevel modeling to test whether the positive association between dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction varies across nations and whether gender might moderate the association.


Results reveal that the association between dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction varies between nations. In addition, results show that in some nations the association is higher for men and in other nations it is higher for women.


Cultural and gender differences across the globe influence how couples' coping behavior affects relationship outcomes. This crucial finding indicates that couple relationship education programs and interventions need to be culturally adapted, as skill trainings such as dyadic coping lead to differential effects on relationship satisfaction based on the culture in which couples live.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Randall, Ashley K.
Sorokowski, Piotr
Atkins, David C
Sorokowska, Agnieszka
Ahmadi, Khodabakhsh
Aghraibeh, Ahmad M.
Aryeetey, Richmond
Bertoni, Anna
Bettache, Karim
Błażejewska, Marta
Bodenmann, Guy
Borders, Jessica
Bortolini, Tiago S.
Butovskaya, Marina
Castro, Felipe N.
Cetinkaya, Hakan
Cunha, Diana
David, Oana A.
DeLongis, Anita
Dileym, Fahd A.
Domínguez Espinosa, Alejandra D. C.
Donato, Silvia
Dronova, Daria
Dural, Seda
Fisher, Maryanne
Frackowiak, Tomasz
Gulbetekin, Evrim
Hamamcıoğlu Akkaya, Aslıhan
Hansen, Karolina
Hattori, Wallisen T.
Hromatko, Ivana
Iafrate, Raffaella
James, Bawo O.
Jiang, Feng
Kimamo, Charles O.
King, David B.
Koç, Fırat
Laar, Amos
Lopes, Fívia De Araújo
Martinez, Rocio
Mesko, Norbert
Molodovskaya, Natalya
Moradi, Khadijeh
Motahari, Zahrasadat
Natividade, Jean C.
Ntayi, Joseph
Ojedokun, Oluyinka
Omar-Fauzee, Mohd S. B.
Onyishi, Ike E.
Özener, Barış
Paluszak, Anna
Portugal, Alda
Relvas, Ana P.
Rizwan, Muhammad
Salkičević, Svjetlana
Sarmány-Schuller, Ivan
Stamkou, Eftychia
Stoyanova, Stanislava
Šukolová, Denisa
Sutresna, Nina
Tadinac, Meri
Teras, Andero
Tinoco Ponciano, Edna L.
Tripathi, Ritu
Tripathi, Nachiketa
Tripathi, Mamta
Vilchinsky, Noa
Xu, Feng
Yamamoto, Maria E.
Yoo, Gyesook
Date : 8 August 2016
DOI : 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01106
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2016 Hilpert, Randall, Sorokowski, Atkins, Sorokowska, Ahmadi, Alghraibeh, Aryeetey, Bertoni, Bettache, Błażejewska, Bodenmann, Borders, Bortolini, Butovskaya, Castro, Cetinkaya, Cunha, David, DeLongis, Dileym, Domínguez Espinosa, Donato, Dronova, Dural, Fisher, Frackowiak, Gulbetekin, Hamamcıoğlu Akkaya, Hansen, Hattori, Hromatko, Iafrate, James, Jiang, Kimamo, King, Koç, Laar, Lopes, Martinez, Mesko, Molodovskaya, Moradi, Motahari, Natividade, Ntayi, Ojedokun, Omar-Fauzee, Onyishi, Özener, Paluszak, Portugal, Relvas, Rizwan, Salkičević, Sarmány-Schuller, Stamkou, Stoyanova, Šukolová, Sutresna, Tadinac, Teras, Tinoco Ponciano, Tripathi, Tripathi, Tripathi, Vilchinsky, Xu, Yamamoto and Yoo. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Uncontrolled Keywords : dyadic coping; relationship satisfaction; culture; multilevel modelling; gender differences
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2018 08:56
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2018 08:56

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