The remains of the workday: Impact of job stress and exhaustion on marital interaction in police couples

Nicole A. Roberts, Robert W. Levenson

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Abstract

We examined the impact of job stress and physical exhaustion on the physiological and subjective components of emotional responding, during marital interactions between 19 male police officers and their spouses. Couples completed 30-day stress diaries and participated in 4 weekly laboratory interaction sessions. During interactions on days of greater stress, both spouses were more physiologically aroused, husbands reported less positive and more negative emotion, and wives reported less emotion (both positive and negative). On days of greater exhaustion, husbands were more physiologically aroused. All of these findings are indicators of heightened risk for poor marital outcomes and thus document an emotional mechanism by which job stress and exhaustion can negatively impact marriage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1052-1067
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emotion
  • Exhaustion
  • Job stress
  • Marriage
  • Physiology
  • Police work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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