What makes couples happy? Marital and life satisfaction among ethnic groups in the Netherlands

Celenk, Ozgur and van de Vijver, Fons J. R. (2013) What makes couples happy? Marital and life satisfaction among ethnic groups in the Netherlands. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44 8: 1275-1293. doi:10.1177/0022022113486003

Author Celenk, Ozgur
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Title What makes couples happy? Marital and life satisfaction among ethnic groups in the Netherlands
Journal name Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0221
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0022022113486003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 8
Start page 1275
End page 1293
Total pages 19
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
3316 Cultural Studies
3314 Anthropology
Abstract This study examines predictors of life satisfaction that are more distal (spousal normative beliefs and attitudes) and more proximal (marital satisfaction) in 404 mainstreamers, 375 Western, and 195 non-Western immigrants living in the Netherlands. In the immigrant groups, we used ethnic and mainstream identity and perceived discrimination as distal predictors. Results revealed that path models in which proximal variables mediated the relation between distal variables and outcomes were valid in all groups. Significant, yet small group differences were found between the non-Western immigrants and Western immigrants on all scales (to a lesser extent between non-Western immigrants and mainstreamers). Traditional marital types and perceived discrimination were more prevailing in the non-Western group, whereas a harmonious marital type, mainstream identity, and marital satisfaction were more salient in the Western group. The mainstream Dutch group was similar to the Western group in all marriage-related aspects. Validity of marriage models were discussed in light of a bottom-up approach to life satisfaction. Group differences and similarities were discussed in terms of differences in family formation and structure as well as adjustment to the Dutch society.
Keyword Acculturation
Life satisfaction
Marital satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 10:47:36 EST by System User on behalf of School of Psychology