Socioemotional behavior and satisfaction in marital relationships: a longitudinal study.

@article{Huston1991SocioemotionalBA,
  title={Socioemotional behavior and satisfaction in marital relationships: a longitudinal study.},
  author={Ted L. Huston and A L Vangelisti},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1991},
  volume={61 5},
  pages={721-33}
}
The interplay between 3 types of socioemotional behavior (affection, sexual interest, and negativity) and marital satisfaction was studied using data from newly married couples followed over 2 years. Affection and negativity (but not sexual interest) were consistently associated cross-sectionally with marital satisfaction. Longitudinal analyses revealed a gender-differentiated pattern suggesting a more complex relationship between satisfaction and marital behavior than previously shown… CONTINUE READING