Predicting 2-year marital satisfaction from partners' discussion of their marriage checkup
This study tested whether the observed marital interactions of partners following a marriage checkup predicted marital satisfaction 2 years later. In addition, this study examined whether recommendations to pursue therapy predicted subsequent treatment seeking and whether changes in marital distress following the checkup remained stable over 2 years. Results suggest that the affective tone of a couple's interaction predicts later marital satisfaction. Further, receiving a treatment recommendation predicted subsequent treatment seeking for wives. Finally, support was found for the hypothesis that changes in marital distress are self-sustaining.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Gee, Christina B.; Scott, Rogina L.; Castellani, Angela M.; and Cordova, James V., "Predicting 2-year marital satisfaction from partners' discussion of their marriage checkup" (2002). Psychology. 65.