The Examination of Direct and Indirect Transmission Processes of Intergenerational Marital Instability

결혼불안정성의 세대간의 직, 간접전이에 관한연구

  • Published : 1997.03.01


The purpose of this research was to test a model of intergenerational transmission of marital instability. An important aspect of the present study was to test the direct and indiect intergenerational transmission processes of marital instability. This study revealed four very important findings. First the effects of parental divorce on children's marital instability were both direct and indirect through mate selection risk factors marital quality and marital commitment. Second premarital backgrounds such as socioeconomic status of parents and relative heterogeneity between spouse before marriage were important to explain one's marital relationship. Third the higher the barriers the higher the marital commitment. Fourth marital quality and marital commitment were important predictors of marital instability. Taken together this study supports the intergenerational transmission perspective that exposure to conflict marriage in one's own childhood would forecast lower marital sat sfaction higher conflict and higher marital instability in the marital relationship. The findings from this study also underline the importance of predisposing marital characteristics such as parental socioeconomic status and relative heterogeneity in explaining marital relationship.



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