Intimacy, Differentiation, and Personality Variables as Predictors of Marital Satisfaction

Shawn Patrick, James N. Sells, Fran G. Giordano, Toni R. Tollerud

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    This study attempted to integrate theories of intimacy and differentiation with previously studied relationship variables to generate a predictive model of marital satisfaction. Findings from this study supported intimacy and spousal support as strong variables in predicting marital satisfaction but found no relationship between differentiation and marital satisfaction. Length of marriage, children, age, prior cohabitation, division of labor, and income were not found to be significant predictors of satisfaction.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)359-367
    Number of pages9
    JournalThe Family Journal
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 2007


    • intimacy
    • intimacy
    • marital satisfaction
    • predicting marital satisfaction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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