Marital processes predictive of later dissolution: behavior, physiology, and health.

  title={Marital processes predictive of later dissolution: behavior, physiology, and health.},
  author={John M. Gottman and Robert W Levenson},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={63 2},
Seventy-three married couples were studied in 1983 and 1987. To identify marital processes associated with dissolution, a balance theory of marriage was used to generate 1 variable for dividing couples into regulated and nonregulated groups. For studying the precursors of divorce, a "cascade" model of marital dissolution, which forms a Guttman-like scale, received preliminary support. Compared with regulated couples, nonregulated couples had (a) marital problems rated as more severe (Time 1… 

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