Spousal conflict resolution strategies and marital relations in late adulthood

Liat Kulik, Shulamith Walfisch, Gabriel Liberman

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In this study, we examined differences in the spousal conflict resolution strategies of husbands and wives in late adulthood among a sample of 76 married Israeli couples (N = 152). Using dyadic analysis (the actor–partner interdependence model), we examined the impacts of the strategies adopted by each spouse as well as their partner on evaluations of marital life as reflected in their assessments of positive and negative dimensions of marital life. The findings revealed that integration was the most prevalent strategy used by both spouses, whereas dominance and avoidance were the least prevalent strategies. Moreover, integration contributed most significantly to explaining assessments of marital life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-474
Number of pages19
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

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