Association between Depressive Symptoms, Perceived Partner Emotional Expression, and Marital Quality

Jeneé C. Duncan, Ted G. Futris, Chalandra M. Bryant

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Abstract

Previous studies have explored the direct association between mental health and marital quality; however, the processes moderating that association are not yet well understood. The present study examined associations between depressive symptoms, perceived partner emotional expression, and marital quality among 462 married individuals. Findings suggest that (a) low commitment, low satisfaction, and marital instability may be symptomatic of mental well-being; (b) individuals experiencing depressive symptoms are more inclined to have negative views of their relationships; and (c) perceptions of their partners’ expressions of gratitude and understanding serve as a buffer against the negative association between depressive symptoms and marital quality. Thus, perceptions of positive emotional expressiveness may serve as a resource facilitating marital quality when individuals are experiencing depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-520
Number of pages14
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • depressive symptoms
  • gratitude
  • marital quality
  • marriage
  • partner emotional expression

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