Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Wyndol C. Furman

Keywords

cohabitation, couples, financial conflict, financial satisfaction

Abstract

The current study tested a model of factors affecting cohabiting couples' relational financial satisfaction, defined as the contentment an individual has with how financial issues are handled within his or her domestic romantic relationship, and examined the relations within these factors. This study was a cross-sectional online survey of 266 participants (81% female; 85% Caucasian) recruited from listservs and subsequent snowball sampling. Measures assessed couples' financial strain, dedication commitment, financial conflict, financial trust, financial equality and financial communication. Relational financial satisfaction (RFS) was significantly related to financial conflict, financial strain and dedication commitment. Financial conflict mediated the association between financial trust and RFS, as well as between financial communication and RFS. Financial trust and communication mediated the association between financial equality and financial conflict. In addition, RFS was related to but distinct from relationship satisfaction. This study revealed components important to consider in the assessment and treatment of couples' financial relationships.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Christine C. McDunn

File size

115 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Psychology

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