A Dyadic Exploration of Marital Satisfaction as a Mediator between Religiosity and Depressive Symptoms

Andrew Rose, Shayne R. Anderson, Rick B. Miller, Loren D. Marks, Trevan G. Hatch, Noel A. Card

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Abstract

Substantial research has established that religiosity can be a protective factor against depression. However, little research has explored these associations within couples. Theory and previous research provide evidence that these relations may be manifest through marital satisfaction. A longitudinal Actor-Partner Interdependence Model was used to test the dyadic relations between religiosity at Time-3, marital satisfaction at Time-4 and depressive symptoms at Time-5 in a long-term committed community sample of 290 married couples. Husbands’ religiosity had a direct positive longitudinal impact on husbands’ marital satisfaction 1 years later. Husbands’ religiosity led to lower levels of his own depressive symptoms through the indirect effects of husbands’ and wives’ martial satisfaction. Wives’ religiosity did not significantly impact any of the variables in the study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34
JournalMarriage and Family Review
StatePublished - Nov 11 2020

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