AS GOOD AS IT GETS? A LIFE COURSE PERSPECTIVE ON MARITAL QUALITY

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14515/monitoring.2016.1.03

Keywords:

stability of marriage, quality of marriage, longitudinal/cross-sectional research strategy, meta-analysis, life course perspective/life-span development of personality, growth curve analysis (GSA), enduring vulnerabilities

Abstract

Marital relationships, like individuals, follow a developmental trajectory over time with ups and downs and gains and losses. In our study «As Good as it Gets? A Life Course Perspective on Marital Quality» we work from a life course perspective and use growth curve analysis to look at trajectories of change in marital quality over time. A number of life course and contextual factors can accelerate or slow this path of change. Our findings point to the importance of considering the multi-dimensionality of time (e. g., age, marital duration, the passage of years) as well as family transitions (e. g., having children, emptying or refilling the nest) in creating the meanings and experiences of marriage over time.

Published

2016-03-10

Issue

Section

GENDER, FAMILY, SEXUALITY: FOLLOWING IGOR S. KON (16+)