Associations between family of origin climate, relationship self-regulation, and marital outcomes

Nathan Hardy, Kristy Soloski, Gary Cole Ratcliffe, Jared R Anderson, Brian J Willoughby

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Abstract

Using dyadic data from 961 married couples from the Relationship Evaluation Question-naire project, the current study explored the direct association between family of originclimate and marital outcomes and the indirect association via relationship self-regulation(RSR). Results from the actor–partner interdependence model analysis indicated that fam-ily of origin climate was positively associated with marital stability directly and indirectlyvia the effects of RSR and marital satisfaction for both men and women. Results suggest thatthe experience one has in their family of origin is associated with their marital outcomesthrough their RSR. Actor–partner direct and indirect effects indicate that spouses’ RSRmay have important consequences for both partner’s evaluation of the marriage. Implica-tions for intervention and future research are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-521
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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