Cultural Values, Self-Disclosure, and Conflict Tactics as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction Among Singaporean Husbands and Wives

Karen Mui Teng Quek, Jacki Fitzpatrick

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Abstract

In the present study, we examined the relationship between marital satisfaction and cultural value orientations (e.g., collectivism–individualism), self-disclosure, and conflict tactics (e.g., exit and loyalty) among Singaporean couples. A total of 160 individuals (80 husbands and 80 wives) participated in this study. The results indicated that self-disclosure and exit conflict tactics were strong predictors of couples’ marital satisfaction. Collectivism which has a significant association with loyalty conflict tactics impacts husbands’ satisfaction. In contrast, neither collectivism nor individualism was related to wives’ satisfaction. Implications for future study and clinical practice were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-216
Number of pages9
JournalThe Family Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Singapore
  • collectivism
  • conflict tactics
  • individualism
  • self-disclosure

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