Marriage as a training ground: examining change in self-control and forgiveness over the first 4 years of marriage
Pronk, Tila M. and Büyükcan Tetik, Asuman and Ilias, Marina M. A. H. and Finkenauer, Catrin (2019) Marriage as a training ground: examining change in self-control and forgiveness over the first 4 years of marriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36 (1). pp. 109-130. ISSN 0265-4075 (Print) 1460-3608 (Online)
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Do partners' levels of self-control and forgiveness change over the course of marriage? Based on the idea that marriage may function as a training ground for these vital relationship abilities, we hypothesized that people increase their levels of self-control and forgiveness over time and that these developments take place simultaneously. We tested these predictions among 199 newlywed couples in the first 4 years of marriage, using a dyadic latent growth curves analysis. Confirming our hypotheses, results showed significant increases in self-control and forgiveness as well as a positive concurrent correlation between these variables. However, the developments of self-control and forgiveness were unrelated. So, while people become more self-controlled and forgiving over the course of a marriage, these developments do not coincide.
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