Perceived antecedents of marital satisfaction among Turkish, Turkish-Dutch, and Dutch couples

Celenk, Ozgur and van de Vijver, Fons J. R. (2013) Perceived antecedents of marital satisfaction among Turkish, Turkish-Dutch, and Dutch couples. International Journal of Psychology, 48 6: 1165-1175. doi:10.1080/00207594.2012.741242

Author Celenk, Ozgur
van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Title Perceived antecedents of marital satisfaction among Turkish, Turkish-Dutch, and Dutch couples
Journal name International Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7594
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00207594.2012.741242
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 6
Start page 1165
End page 1175
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract We studied mainstream couples in The Netherlands and Turkey as well as Turkish-Dutch immigrant couples to address cultural factors associated with marital satisfaction. A total of 13 Turkish (mainstream couples living in Turkey), 19 Turkish-Dutch (Turkish immigrant couples living in The Netherlands), and 17 Dutch (mainstream couples living in The Netherlands) married dyads (total of 98 individuals) were independently interviewed about positive and negative characteristics of marriages, determinants of general marital satisfaction and dissatisfaction, spousal communication, marital conflict, and marital roles. Multivariate tests revealed ethnic group differences on all marriage-related domains except the conflict resolution strategies. However, univariate analyses showed differences in few themes within domains; main differences were assessed between the Turkish/Turkish-Dutch (who put more emphasis on children and economical aspects) and Dutch couples (who put more emphasis on behavior, and personality of the spouse, reciprocity, emotional sharing, and psychological roles). Turkish-Dutch couples were more similar to Turkish than to Dutch couples. Results were discussed in light of the socioeconomic development and cultural value theories, which are believed to provide a useful framework for understanding the role of culture in marital satisfaction.
Keyword Acculturation
Marital satisfaction
The Netherlands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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