Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Educational and Psychological Studies (Education)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Kent Burnett - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Blaine Fowers - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Debbiesiu Lee - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Jean-Philippe Laurenceau - Committee Member
This study simultaneously examined the relationship of daily positive processes, daily negative processes, and the relative impact of each on marital satisfaction and likelihood of divorce in newlywed couples over time. Within six months of marriage, 120 newly married couples were asked to complete measures of relationship quality as well as daily diaries for 21- consecutive days to assess several positive and negative processes (i.e., positive and negative affect, positive and negative behaviors, and responsiveness of partner to attempts of social support and capitalization). This study used a dyadic path analysis in a structural equation modeling framework to examine the hypothesized relationships between positive and negative intra- and interpersonal processes and subsequent marital outcomes over time. Results supported the idea that positive processes within marriages are indicative of marital satisfaction and divorce proneness, over and above negative processes. Overall, the findings of this study contribute to the marital literature in that they provide further evidence that both positive and negative processes should be considered when looking at predictors that contribute to marital outcomes.
Newlywed Marriage; Romantic Relationships
Blue, Jacqueline, "Negative is Not the Absence of Positive: The Relationship of Daily Positive and Negative Processess to Outcomes in Newlywed Marriage" (2010). Open Access Dissertations. 449.