Components of negative affectivity and marital satisfaction: The importance of actor and partner anger

Keith D. Renshaw, Rebecca K. Blais, Timothy W. Smith

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Abstract

Marital satisfaction is inversely associated with neuroticism in oneself (actor effects) and one's spouse (partner effects). However, different facets of neuroticism, particularly angry hostility in comparison to depression or anxiety, may have differential effects on relationship quality. The present study examined actor and partner effects of anxiety, angry hostility, and depression facets of neuroticism on marital satisfaction in 301 couples. All path analyses demonstrated that depression and angry hostility had equivalent, significantly negative actor effects on marital satisfaction, but only angry hostility had a significant negative partner effect. Hence, in examining marital adjustment, the distinction between the various facets of neuroticism may be important. Further, anger may be an important but understudied consideration in research on marital discord.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-334
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Marital relationship
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Neuroticism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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