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Generosity and the Maintenance of Marital Quality
Version of Record online: 3 SEP 2013
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2013
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 75, Issue 5, pages 1218–1228, October 2013
How to Cite
Dew, J. and Bradford Wilcox, W. (2013), Generosity and the Maintenance of Marital Quality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 1218–1228. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12066
- Issue online: 3 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 3 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 22 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 JAN 2012
- marital quality;
- relationship maintenance behavior
This study examined whether generosity in marriage was associated with marital quality. The authors conceptualized generosity as a type of relationship maintenance behavior and used data from the new Survey of Marital Generosity (a national survey of married couples, N = 1,365 couples and 2,730 total participants). They found that generosity—defined here as small acts of kindness, displays of respect and affection, and a willingness to forgive one's spouse his or her faults and failings—was positively associated with marital satisfaction and negatively associated with marital conflict and perceived divorce likelihood.