Predictive Validity of Coping Strategies on Marital Satisfaction: Cross-Sectional
                                       and Longitudinal Evidence
                          Journal of Family Psychology, 1998, Vol. 12, No. 1, 112-131,
                            ©1998 American Psychological Association
Geneviève Bouchard and Stéphane Sabourin, Université Laval,Yvan Lussier,Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières,John Wright, Université de Montréal, Chantal Richer, Université Laval
The present study investigated the contribution of coping strategies, when facing marital difficulties, to marital satisfaction, using both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. For the cross-sectional design, both members of 506 couples individually completed the Ways of Coping Questionnaire and the Dyadic Adjustment Scale. Results revealed that self-reported coping strategies were significant—linear and curvilinear—predictors of both self- and partner-reported marital satisfaction. Results of the longitudinal analyses were based on 2 distinct samples: 95 couples who completed the same questionnaires 4 months later (short-term cohort) and 108 couples who again completed the same questionnaires 1.5 years later (long-term cohort). Significant, but weak, curvilinear relations between coping strategies and subsequent marital satisfaction were observed for women.
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