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Marital Discord

  1. Steven R. H. Beach

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0525

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Beach, S. R. H. 2010. Marital Discord. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Georgia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The large volume of research on marital discord and the related constructs of marital conflict and marital dissatisfaction attest to the perceived importance of understanding the problems that sometimes arise in marriage. Of the various terms used in this area of inquiry, “marital satisfaction” is the best defined, referring to an evaluation of the relationship or the partner. Because of their clarity and brevity, measures of marital satisfaction play a prominent role in all areas of marital research.


  • satisfaction;
  • discord;
  • conflict;
  • psychopathology;
  • family