July 27, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

The Relationship Between Couple s Novel Life Events and Relationship Satisfaction A Diary Study

[Speaker] Aykutoglu, Bülent:1
[Co-author] Gündogdu Aktürk, Elçin:1, Akgönül, Büsra:2
1:Middle East Technical University (Turkey), 2:Bilkent University (Turkey)

The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between couple's having positive and negative life events, and their relationship satisfaction. For this aim, couples (N=37) were asked to complete daily records for 14 consecutive days. Multilevel analyses indicated that while daily positive life events were positively related with daily relationship satisfaction, negative life events were negatively related with daily relationship satisfaction. Moreover, apart from one's own positive and negative life events, one's partner's positive and negative life events were associated with one's own relationship satisfaction. There are many studies in literature presenting link between one's stressful life experiences and one's partner's psychological stress (e.g. Bolger, DeLongis, Kessler, & Wethington, 1989; Chan & Margolin, 1994; Westman & Vinokur, 1998). The results will be discussed in the light of relevant literature.
Keywords: positive and negative life events, relationship satisfaction, diary study
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