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The influence of stress and coping on close relationships: A two-year longitudinal study


Bodenmann, Guy (1997). The influence of stress and coping on close relationships: A two-year longitudinal study. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 56(3):156-164.

Abstract

Stress and coping are concepts which have rarely been applied in research conducted on close relationships. This article will focus upon the importance of stress and coping in relation to close relationship quality and stability. Using a multi-method approach (questionnaire and behavioral observation data), the influence of stress upon a random sample of 70 Swiss couples was studied with the two following questions in mind: (a) what influence does stress and coping have on the current partner relationship and on the relationship after two years? (b) how does stress affect the stability of the couple on a long-term basis? A model proposing direct and indirect influences of stress on close relationships was tested by means of path analysis. The findings indicate that stress can, in fact, be a potential threat to the well-being and functioning of intimate relationships.(1)

Abstract

Stress and coping are concepts which have rarely been applied in research conducted on close relationships. This article will focus upon the importance of stress and coping in relation to close relationship quality and stability. Using a multi-method approach (questionnaire and behavioral observation data), the influence of stress upon a random sample of 70 Swiss couples was studied with the two following questions in mind: (a) what influence does stress and coping have on the current partner relationship and on the relationship after two years? (b) how does stress affect the stability of the couple on a long-term basis? A model proposing direct and indirect influences of stress on close relationships was tested by means of path analysis. The findings indicate that stress can, in fact, be a potential threat to the well-being and functioning of intimate relationships.(1)

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:1997
Deposited On:27 Jul 2012 10:15
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 08:34
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1421-0185
OA Status:Closed

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