A Brief Intervention to Promote Conflict Reappraisal Preserves Marital Quality Over Time

  title={A Brief Intervention to Promote Conflict Reappraisal Preserves Marital Quality Over Time},
  author={E. Finkel and Erica B. Slotter and Laura B. Luchies and Gregory M. Walton and J. Gross},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1595 - 1601}
  • E. Finkel, Erica B. Slotter, +2 authors J. Gross
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science
  • Marital quality is a major contributor to happiness and health. Unfortunately, marital quality normatively declines over time. We tested whether a novel 21-min intervention designed to foster the reappraisal of marital conflicts could preserve marital quality in a sample of 120 couples enrolled in an intensive 2-year study. Half of the couples were randomly assigned to receive the reappraisal intervention in Year 2 (following no intervention in Year 1); half were not. Both groups exhibited… CONTINUE READING
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