The Associations of Dyadic Coping and Relationship Satisfaction Vary between and within Nations: A 35-Nation Study

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Hilpert P., Randall A. K., Sorokowski P., Atkins D. C., Sorokowska A., Ahmadi K., ...More

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol.7, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01106
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Keywords: dyadic coping, relationship satisfaction, culture, multilevel modeling, gender differences, MARITAL SATISFACTION, SOCIAL SUPPORT, STRESS, COLLECTIVISM, CULTURE, INDIVIDUALISM, COMMUNICATION, ENHANCEMENT, BEHAVIOR, QUALITY
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Theories about how couples help each other to cope with stress, such as the systemic transactional model of dyadic coping, suggest that the cultural context in which couples live influences how their coping behavior affects their relationship satisfaction. In contrast to the theoretical assumptions, a recent meta-analysis provides evidence that neither culture, nor gender, influences the association between dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction, at least based on their samples of couples living in North America and West Europe. Thus, it is an open questions whether the theoretical assumptions of cultural influences are false or whether cultural influences on couple behavior just occur in cultures outside of the Western world.