Steven R. H. Beach, PhD, is Director, Psychology Clinic and Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.
DYSPHORIA AND MARITAL DISCORD: ARE DYSPHORIC INDIVIDUALS AT RISK FOR MARITAL MALADJUSTMENT?
Version of Record online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 355–368, October 1993
How to Cite
Beach, S. R. H. and O'Leary, K. D. (1993), DYSPHORIA AND MARITAL DISCORD: ARE DYSPHORIC INDIVIDUALS AT RISK FOR MARITAL MALADJUSTMENT?. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 19: 355–368. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1993.tb00998.x
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The effect of dysphoria on husbands' and wives' later marital adjustment was examined in a sample of 264 white couples about to marry who responded to advertisements. Relationship satisfaction and level of dysphoria were assessed in both spouses prior to marriage, 6 months after marriage, and 18 months after marriage. Premarital dysphoria was associated with later marital dissatisfaction. Husbands' premarital dysphoria, regardless of chronicity, was associated with greater deterioration in both their own and their partners' marital satisfaction. Wives' premarital dysphoria was associated with greater deterioration in marital satisfaction only if it was chronic. Results suggest that premarital dysphoria is associated with subsequent deterioration of marital relationships.