Are married couples happier in their relationships than cohabiting couples? Intimacy and relationship factors

Moore, Kathleen A., McCabe, Marita and Brink, Roger B. 2001, Are married couples happier in their relationships than cohabiting couples? Intimacy and relationship factors, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 35-46.

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Title Are married couples happier in their relationships than cohabiting couples? Intimacy and relationship factors
Author(s) Moore, Kathleen A.
McCabe, Marita
Brink, Roger B.
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 46
Publisher Carfax Publishing; Routledge; Informa plc
Place of publication Basingstoke, England; Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001-02
ISSN 1468-1994
1468-1749
Keyword(s) family counselling
impotence & sexual dysfunction
marriage & couples therapy
marriage, family & sex therapy
sex therapy
sexuality
urology
Summary This study was designed to examine the relationship between dyadic adjustment and intimacy, and to determine how this varies for different types of relationships between males and females, and for relationships of different duration. Eighty-seven heterosexual couples (10 dating, 21 living together, 56 married) participated in the study. The results demonstrated that there was a strong interrelationship between intimacy and dyadic adjustment for both males and females. Those in relationships of longer duration and married couples experienced higher levels of intimacy and relationship satisfaction than other couples. There was a general trend for married couples and those who were living together to have a higher level of agreement on their levels of intimacy and relationship adjustment than couples who were dating. The implication of these findings for obtaining a better understanding of the lifecycle of relationships is discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ┬ęBritish Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001180

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Collection: School of Psychology
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