Casey J. Totenhagen, Emily A. Butler, and Carl A. Ridley, Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona.
Daily stress, closeness, and satisfaction in gay and lesbian couples
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 219–233, June 2012
How to Cite
TOTENHAGEN, C. J., BUTLER, E. A. and RIDLEY, C. A. (2012), Daily stress, closeness, and satisfaction in gay and lesbian couples. Personal Relationships, 19: 219–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01349.x
The authors would like to acknowledge members of the DESIRE Project research team for their work in data collection. In addition, we would like to thank Dr. Melissa Curran for important feedback on earlier drafts of this article and for serving on the Master's committee for C.J.T.'s thesis, from which this article has evolved.
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2011
A daily diary analysis of the associations among stress, closeness, and relationship and sexual satisfaction was conducted with a sample of 40 gay male and 55 lesbian couples. Using interdependence theory as a guide, both actor and partner effects of stress, closeness, and their interaction were investigated. As predicted, it was found that participants' own feelings of closeness toward their partners buffered the negative association between stress and satisfaction but that when participants' partners felt particularly close on a stressful day their closeness exacerbated associations between stress and reduced satisfaction. These contrasting effects of closeness underscore the importance of considering the daily processes of both partners contributing to relationship quality.