Neuroticism, marital interaction, and the trajectory of marital satisfaction.

  title={Neuroticism, marital interaction, and the trajectory of marital satisfaction.},
  author={Benjamin R. Karney and Thomas N. Bradbury},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={72 5},
Theories of how initially satisfied marriages deteriorate or remain stable over time have been limited by a failure to distinguish between key facets of change. The present study defines the trajectory of marital satisfaction in terms of 2 separate parameters--(a) the initial level of satisfaction and (b) the rate of change in satisfaction over time--and seeks to estimate unique effects on each of these parameters with variables derived from intrapersonal and interpersonal models of marriage… 

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