Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2003

Journal or Book Title

Personal Relationships

Volume

10

Issue

3

First Page

389

Last Page

409

DOI

10.1111/1475-6811.00056

Abstract

Demographic characteristics, family financial strain, neighborhood–level economic disadvantage, and state of residence were tested as predictors of observed warmth, hostility, and self–reported marital quality. Participants were 202 married African American couples who resided in a range of neighborhood contexts. Neighborhood–level economic disadvantage predicted lower warmth during marital interactions, as did residence in the rural south. Consistent with the family stress model (e.g., Conger & Elder, 1994), family financial strain predicted lower perceived marital quality. Unexpectedly, neighborhood–level economic disadvantage predicted higher marital quality. Social comparison processes and degree of exposure to racially based discrimination are considered as explanations for this unexpected result. The importance of context in relationship outcomes is highlighted.

Comments

This is an author's manuscript from Personal Relationships 10 (2003): 389–409, doi:10.1111/1475-6811.00056. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

2003

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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