Attributions in marriage: review and critique.

@article{Bradbury1990AttributionsIM,
  title={Attributions in marriage: review and critique.},
  author={Thomas N. Bradbury and Frank D. Fincham},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={1990},
  volume={107 1},
  pages={
          3-33
        }
}
The prevailing behavioral account of marriage must be expanded to include covert processes. This article therefore examines the attributions or explanations that spouses make for marital events. A review indicates that dissatisfied spouses, compared with satisfied spouses, make attributions for the partner's behavior that cast it in a negative light. Experimental, clinical outcome, and longitudinal data suggest further that attributions may influence marital satisfaction. Rival hypotheses for… 

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