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Dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction: A meta-analysis

Falconier, Mariana K., Jackson, Jeffrey B., Hilpert, Peter and Bodenmann, Guy (2015) Dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction: A meta-analysis Clinical Psychology Review, 42. pp. 28-46.

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Meta-analytic methods were used to empirically determine the association between dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction. Dyadic coping is a systemic conceptualization of the processes partners use to cope with stressors, such as stress communication, individual strategies to assist the other partner cope with stress, and partners' strategies to cope together. A total of 72 independent samples from 57 reports with a combined sum of 17,856 participants were included. The aggregated standardized zero-order correlation (r) for total dyadic coping with relationship satisfaction was .45 (p = .000). Total dyadic coping strongly predicted relationship satisfaction regardless of gender, age, relationship length, education level, and nationality. Perceptions of overall dyadic coping by partner and by both partners together were stronger predictors of relationship satisfaction than perceptions of overall dyadic coping by self. Aggregated positive forms of dyadic coping were a stronger predictor of relationship satisfaction than aggregated negative forms of dyadic coping. Comparisons among dyadic coping dimensions indicated that collaborative common coping, supportive coping, and hostile/ambivalent coping were stronger predictors of relationship satisfaction than stress communication, delegated coping, protective buffering coping, and overprotection coping. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are provided.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Falconier, Mariana K.
Jackson, Jeffrey B.
Bodenmann, Guy
Date : 29 July 2015
DOI : 10.1016/j.cpr.2015.07.002
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Meta-analysis; Dyadic coping; Couple; Stress; Relationship satisfaction
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2018 11:23
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2018 11:23

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