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Intimate relationships in context: relationship between stress, coping and relationship satisfaction


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Bahun, Ivana. (2014). Intimate relationships in context: relationship between stress, coping and relationship satisfaction. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Huić, Aleksandra].

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The aim of this study was to investigate relations between external stress, coping strategies and relationship satisfaction. The study consisted of a total number of 390 participants, aged from 18 to 35, who were at least six months in an intimate relationship but;t live with their partner. The results have shown that external stress is negatively associated with relationship satisfaction. Participants experiencing greater levels of stress report of lower relationship satisfaction. Both experienced stress and perceived stress significantly contribute to explaining relationship satisfaction. The results indicate the possibility of partial mediation effect of disengagement in the relationship between experienced and perceived stress and relationship satisfaction. The greater the level of experienced and perceived stress, the more people use disengagement, and more frequent use of disengagement is associated with lower relationship satisfaction. Problem oriented coping and emotion oriented coping;t show as significant predictors of relationship satisfaction, therefore their mediator effect;t occur. This study offers useful directions for future research and the possibility to compare our results with results obtained on married couples. Obtained results imply the possibility of developing new strategies for couples therapy and indicate the need for further research of the role of context in unmarried couples.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: context, partner relationships, stress, coping with stress, relationship satisfaction
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Huić, Aleksandra
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 12:39
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 12:39

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