Stress Spillover and Crossover in Same-Sex Couples: Concurrent and Lagged Daily Effects

Casey J. Totenhagen, Ashley Randall, Ashley N. Cooper, Chun Tao, Kelsey J. Walsh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Scopus citations

Abstract

A growing body of literature on romantic relationships demonstrates associations between daily stress and relationship quality; however, this research has largely focused on heterosexual couples. Whereas all couples may experience common external stressors originating outside the relationship (e.g., work and finances), sexual-minority couples may also experience unique stressors due to their sexual orientation (e.g., discrimination or harassment). To address the dearth of literature on the daily experience of stress in same-sex relationships, we examine concurrent (same-day) and lagged (next-day) effects of common external and sexual-minority stressors on relationship quality using 14-day daily diaries from 81 same-sex couples. In doing so, we identify the types of external stress most likely to spill over into the relationship, as well as those vulnerable to crossing over from one partner to the other. We further examine whether the effects are proximal (concurrent) or carry over from one day to the next (lagged). Common external stress was negatively associated with same-day actor and partner relationship quality. Sexual-minority stress demonstrated lagged effects for actor relationship quality, but only for men. Implications for the proximal impact of common external stress and the lagged effects of sexual-minority stress, specifically for men, on relationship quality are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 3 2016

Keywords

  • Daily diary
  • dyadic data
  • relationship quality
  • same-sex couples
  • stress spillover; sexual-minority stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Stress Spillover and Crossover in Same-Sex Couples: Concurrent and Lagged Daily Effects'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this