Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

The Mediator Role of Spousal Self-Disclosure in the Relationship between Marital Satisfaction and Spousal Support *

Academic journal article Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri

The Mediator Role of Spousal Self-Disclosure in the Relationship between Marital Satisfaction and Spousal Support *

Article excerpt

One of the most important close relationships, marriage is a relationship which is made in a ceremonial structure, puts couples into a socially-accepted type of relationship and has different social sanctions (Burgess, Locke, & Thomes, 1963). Marriage is a significant life event that occupies a remarkable place in the lives of many women and men (Berscheid & Regan, 2005), and an essential stage of turning into an adult and starting a family (Kublay & Oktan, 2015). It is as old as the mankind (Juvva & Bhatti, 2006), and a complex relationship structure that requires a consistent sexual engagement under certain rules and conventions (Blood, 1969; Lantz & Synder, 1969).Other needs in the formation of close relations like marriage include making the relationship deeper, acting more freely, comfortably and like oneself around the partner, making physical intimacy more integral, enhancing psychological intimacy in this context, unifying the similarities and differences, and stretching the relationship rules and maintaining the relationship in a deeper flow (Duck, 1988). One may attach a greater importance to marriage for a more direct and strong relationship with well-being compared to the social bonds such as family and friendship among the types of close relationship (Blood, 1969; Pateraki & Roussi, 2013). The relationships established in a lifetime are a guiding force in the life of an individual. The level and course of such close relationships may decrease or increase the individuals' levels of physiological and psychological health, self-esteem and life satisfaction. Therefore, for many individuals, improving self-confidence, disclosing oneself comfortably to their spouse, and expecting to be satisfied with the relationship are crucial aspects of a close relationship (Hetherington, 2003; Vera & Betz, 1992). From this point of view, relationships play a key role on the well-being of individuals (Perlman & Vangelisti, 2006). Individuals enjoy getting into close relationships and expect to be satisfied with such close relationships throughout their lives. In this respect, it is known that the quality of a romantic relationship plays a key role in the psychological health of many individual and this quality obviously affects both the overall happiness and well-being of individuals (Demir, 2010; Lucas & Dyrenforth, 2006; Whisman & Baucom, 2012). Marriage may provide individuals with sexual satisfaction, love and passion, physical wellness, emotional support, loyalty, a stable and secure relationship and friendship. Marriage is supposed to fulfill a lot of expectations in social perception, and it is an institution that fulfills a lot of sexual, physical and psychological needs (Cox, 2006).

It is seen that how marriage is viewed is evolved over years in parallel with the nature, needs and purposes of human beings and marriage rates experience a decline worldwide (Regan, 2011). Global figures suggest that individuals continue to get married despite rising rate of divorce (Billeter, 2002), marriage age and co-habitation rates rather than marriage increase while reproduction rates tend to fall (Gottman, Murray, Swanson, Tyson, & Swanson, 2002; Sungur, 2009). Increasing divorce rates in Turkey in parallel with the rest of the world imply that the individuals, couples and families who have the potential to raise psychologically healthy generations are on the decrease (Eskin, 2012). According to the 2015 data on the divorce rates of married couples in Turkey, while 602,982 individuals got married, 131,830 individuals divorced. It is remarkable that divorce rates have increased by 41 percent in the last 10 years (TÜİK, 2015). The changes in such figures suggest that marriage deserves a greater focus. Marital satisfaction both decreases divorce rates and allows couples to be in a close relationship in which they feel peaceful and well. Marital satisfaction and its relationship with different aspects of the partners' lives are frequently studied in the literature, and they continue to be a popular topic of study for marriage, family and couples therapists as well as researchers of this field (Jose & Alfons, 2007). …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.