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dc.contributor.advisorHuston, Ted L.en
dc.creatorSmith, Shanna Eliseen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:40:28Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:40:28Zen
dc.date.issued2002en
dc.identifierb57231023en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/946en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe current study uses behavioral data gathered from marital partners across a sample of days to estimate the extent of each couple’s reciprocity in both affectionate and negative behavior, as measured via an index of within-day similarity. Analyses explore the extent of within-day similarity in both positive and negative behavior for a sample of married couples, describe the degree to which within-day similarity changes over the first two years of marriage, and investigate how those patterns relate to both concurrent and long-term marital satisfaction and stability. Results indicate that within-day similarity in neither affection nor negativity is a strong predictor of concurrent satisfaction or long-term marital quality or stability. Furthermore, neither class of within-day similarity systematically increases or decreases over the first two years of marriage (neither across the entire sample of couples nor within specific long-term marital outcome groups). Some marginal effects for within-day similarity on marital satisfaction, however, indicate that: (1) affectionate within-day similarity tends to have little or no positive relationship with marital satisfaction across the first several years of marriage, but gains an inverse relationship with marital satisfaction after thirteen years of marriage; and (2) within-day similarity in negativity has a direct but weak relationship with marital satisfaction for wives who have been married for two years. The results are discussed in terms of the importance of assessing marital reciprocity using a variety of temporal frames.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshMarriageen
dc.subject.lcshBehavioral assessmenten
dc.subject.lcshInterpersonal relationsen
dc.titleBehavioral reciprocity in marriage: a study of within-day similarity in affection and negativityen
dc.description.departmentHuman Ecology, School ofen
dc.identifier.oclc56975129en
dc.identifier.proqst3088572en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentHuman Ecologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Development and Family Sciences.en
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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