The Changing Influence of Interpersonal Perceptions on Marital Well-Being among Black and White Couples:

Published on Jun 1, 1997in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
· DOI :10.1177/0265407597143001
Linda K. Acitelli23
Estimated H-index: 23
Elizabeth Douvan7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UM: University of Michigan)
+ 0 AuthorsJoseph Veroff36
Estimated H-index: 36
This study is the longitudinal extension of an earlier study of perceptions of conflict in the first year of marriage (Acitelli et al., 1993). In both studies, we examined the relative importance (to marital well-being) of partners' similarity and understanding of conflict styles. While the earlier study related perceptions of conflict in the first year with first year marital well-being, the present study related the same first year perceptions with third year marital well-being. Two important changes appearing in the findings for the third year compared to the first year are: (1) constructive acts appeared more important than destructive acts to third year marital well-being, whereas destructive acts were more predictive than constructive acts of first year marital well-being; and (2) the association of wives' understanding of husbands to third year marital well-being was positive for black couples and negative for white couples. This association was positive for both groups in the first year. Results a...
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