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The role of stress on close relationships and marital satisfaction


Randall, Ashley K; Bodenmann, Guy (2009). The role of stress on close relationships and marital satisfaction. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(2):105-115.

Abstract

Stress is a concept that has received increased attention in marital research during the last decade showing that it plays an important role in understanding the quality and stability of close relationships. Evidence suggests that stress is a threat to marital satisfaction and its longevity. Research has been based upon theoretical models of stress in close relationships, specifically family stress models (e.g. Hill, 1958; McCubbin & Patterson, 1983) and couple’s stress model’s proposed by Karney, Story, & Bradbury (2005) and Bodenmann (1995, 2005). In this review we: (1) examine the various theoretical models of stress, (2) analyze and summarize the typologies relating to stress models (internal versus external, major versus minor, acute versus chronic), and (3) summarize findings from stress research in couples that has practical significance and may inspire clinical work. Future directions in research and clincial significance are suggested.

Abstract

Stress is a concept that has received increased attention in marital research during the last decade showing that it plays an important role in understanding the quality and stability of close relationships. Evidence suggests that stress is a threat to marital satisfaction and its longevity. Research has been based upon theoretical models of stress in close relationships, specifically family stress models (e.g. Hill, 1958; McCubbin & Patterson, 1983) and couple’s stress model’s proposed by Karney, Story, & Bradbury (2005) and Bodenmann (1995, 2005). In this review we: (1) examine the various theoretical models of stress, (2) analyze and summarize the typologies relating to stress models (internal versus external, major versus minor, acute versus chronic), and (3) summarize findings from stress research in couples that has practical significance and may inspire clinical work. Future directions in research and clincial significance are suggested.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Clinical Psychology
Health Sciences > Psychiatry and Mental Health
Language:English
Date:March 2009
Deposited On:12 Jan 2009 14:07
Last Modified:27 Jun 2022 02:46
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0272-7358
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2008.10.004
PubMed ID:19167139
  • Content: Accepted Version