Predictors of relationship satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic

Aşçıgil, Esra and Luerssen, Anna and Gonzalez, Richard and Gordon, Amie M. (2023) Predictors of relationship satisfaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and Personality Psychology Compass . ISSN 1751-9004 Published Online First

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Prior work and theory suggest many vulnerabilities, stressors, and adaptive processes shape relationship satisfaction. In the current research, we used machine learning to understand which constructs have greater predictive importance for perceived changes in satisfaction since the pandemic began and satisfaction over the prior week. In a large sample collected at the beginning of the pandemic (N = 1873; Study 1), relationship processes were most predictive, explaining up to 70% of variance in satisfaction. Feeling appreciative of one's partner and being satisfied with quality time spent with one's partner were consistently top predictors of satisfaction. We also examined whether these important predictors were associated with changes in relationship satisfaction across the first year of the pandemic in a longitudinal subsample (N = 618; Study 2). Appreciation and satisfaction with quality time were associated with high and relatively stable relationship satisfaction over time.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; machine-learning; relationship satisfaction
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Esra Aşçıgil
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2023 13:42
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2023 13:42

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