Jaye L. Derrick, Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Kenneth E. Leonard, Research Institute on Addictions and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Gregory G. Homish, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions and Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Dependence regulation in newlywed couples: A prospective examination
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 644–662, December 2012
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DERRICK, J. L., LEONARD, K. E. and HOMISH, G. G. (2012), Dependence regulation in newlywed couples: A prospective examination. Personal Relationships, 19: 644–662. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01384.x
This research was supported by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Grant R37-AA09922 awarded to K.E.L. Preparation of the manuscript was also supported by NIAAA postdoctoral training Grant T32-AA007583. Preliminary results of this research were presented at the 117th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, August 6–9, 2009, in Toronto, Ontario.
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
According to the risk regulation model (S. L. Murray, J. G. Holmes, & N. L. Collins, 2006), people need to trust in their partner's regard before they risk interdependence. This study prospectively examines the association between perceived regard and levels of dependence in newlywed couples over 9 years of marriage. Analyses demonstrate that changes in perceived regard predict levels of dependence, changes in dependence do not predict perceived regard, and alternative explanations cannot account for these effects. Further, changes in perceived regard prospectively predict divorce, and levels of dependence mediate this association. Results are discussed in terms of the dependence regulation component of the risk regulation model.