Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland.
Stress, Communication, and Marital Quality in Couples
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
© 2010 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 59, Issue 2, pages 195–206, April 2010
How to Cite
Ledermann, T., Bodenmann, G., Rudaz, M. and Bradbury, T. N. (2010), Stress, Communication, and Marital Quality in Couples. Family Relations, 59: 195–206. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00595.x
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-1020.
Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563.
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
- marital quality;
The association between daily stress outside and inside of the relationship and marital functioning in the form of communication in conflict situations and marital quality was examined. We hypothesized that relationship stress mediates the association between external stress and marital functioning at the individual level, and that the association between relationship stress and marital quality is partially mediated by communication at the dyadic level. Using the Actor-Partner Interdependence and Common Fate Model, the results of 345 couples supported our hypotheses and revealed that a person's relationship stress is more strongly related with one's own external stress than with the partner's external stress. The findings indicate that both low relationship stress and a high level of positive communication are important in relationships.