Daily Hassles, Intimacy, and Marital Quality in Later Life Marriages

  • Harper J
  • Schaalje B
  • Sandberg J
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Abstract

This study addressed the relationship between daily stress, intimacy, and marital quality in mature marriages in which the ages of husbands and wives ranged from 55 to 75 years. Four hundred and seventy-two individuals married to each other and randomly sampled from all fifty states completed the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships, and the Hassles and Uplifts Scale. Findings indicated that daily stress was negatively related to marital quality for both wives and husbands, and that intimacy mediated the relationship between stress and marital quality for both husbands and wives. Implications for marriage and family therapy practice are explored.

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Authors

  • James M. Harper

  • Bruce G. Schaalje

  • Jonathan G. Sandberg

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