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The associations of dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction vary between and within nations: a 35-nation study


Hilpert, Peter and Randall, Ashley K. and Sorokowski, Piotr and Atkins, David C. and Sorokowska, Agnieszka and Ahmadi, Khodabakhsh and Aghraibeh, Ahmad M. and Aryeetey, Richmond and Bertoni, Anna and Bettache, Karim and Błażejewska, Marta and Bodenmann, Guy and Borders, Jessica and Bortolini, Tiago S. and Butovskaya, Marina and Castro, Felipe N. and Cetinkaya, Hakan and Cunha, Diana and David, Oana A. and DeLongis, Anita and Dileym, Fahd A. and Domínguez Espinosa, Alejandra D. C. and Donato, Silvia and Dronova, Daria and Dural, Seda and Fisher, Maryanne and Frackowiak, Tomasz and Gulbetekin, Evrim and Hamamcıoğlu Akkaya, Aslıhan and Hansen, Karolina and Hattori, Wallisen T. and Hromatko, Ivana and Iafrate, Raffaella and James, Bawo O. and Jiang, Feng and Kimamo, Charles O. and King, David B. and Koç, Fırat and Laar, Amos and Lopes, Fívia De Araújo and Martinez, Rocio and Mesko, Norbert and Molodovskaya, Natalya and Moradi, Khadijeh and Motahari, Zahrasadat and Natividade, Jean C. and Ntayi, Joseph and Ojedokun, Oluyinka and Omar-Fauzee, Mohd Sofian and Onyishi, Ike E. and Özener, Barış and Paluszak, Anna and Portugal, Alda and Relvas, Ana P. and Rizwan, Muhammad and Salkičević, Svjetlana and Sarmány-Schuller, Ivan and Stamkou, Eftychia and Stoyanova, Stanislava and Šukolová, Denisa and Sutresna, Nina and Tadinac, Meri and Teras, Andero and Tinoco Ponciano, Edna L. and Tripathi, Ritu and Tripathi, Nachiketa and Tripathi, Mamta and Vilchinsky, Noa and Xu, Feng and 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. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Objective: 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. Method: 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: 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.Conclusions: 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
Uncontrolled Keywords: dyadic coping, relationship satisfaction, culture, multilevel modeling, gender differences
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 01:11
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2019 01:11
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/26315

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