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Original scientific paper

https://doi.org/10.5559/di.23.1.05

Perceived Spouse's Affectionate and Antagonistic Behaviours and Marital Satisfaction

Margareta Jelić orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-2478-0756 ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb
Željka Kamenov ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb
Aleksandra Huić ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb


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Abstract

The aim of the study was to examine how perceived spouse's
affectionate and antagonistic behaviours contribute to one's
marital satisfaction. Firstly, we explored whether perception
of partner's affectionate and antagonistic behaviours vary
with gender, age, length of marriage and family structure.
Secondly, we examined the relation between perceived
partner's behaviour and marital satisfaction, while controlling
for contextual variables. Questionnaire assessing love,
marital satisfaction, perceived partners' affectionate and
antagonistic behaviours and demographic data was
administered to a heterogeneous sample of 302 married
couples from Croatia with the average marriage length of
18 years and age span of 20–82 years. Results indicate that
perceived spouse's affectionate and antagonistic behaviours
both contribute to marital satisfaction with the impact of
antagonistic behaviours being buffered when it appears in
affectionate relationship. These effects are not moderated by
age, gender, marriage duration or family structure. Finally,
the perception of partner's affectionate and antagonistic
behaviours had significant incremental power over feelings
of love and other contextual variables when predicting
marital satisfaction.

Keywords

marital satisfaction, emotional marital climate, perceived spouse's behaviour, love

Hrčak ID:

121880

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/121880

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