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J Fam Psychol. 2010 Oct;24(5):551-9. doi: 10.1037/a0020836.

Romantic partners' individual coping strategies and dyadic coping: implications for relationship functioning.

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Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA. papp@wisc.edu

Abstract

Individual coping strategies and dyadic coping independently predict partner well-being and relationship functioning; however, it is unclear whether the coping processes are inter-related and whether they uniquely contribute to romantic relationship functioning. One hundred heterosexual dating couples rated the individual coping strategy of negative mood regulation as well as positive and negative dyadic coping. Relationship functioning was assessed via partners' reports of relationship satisfaction and observers' ratings of negative interaction in conflict. Actor-Partner Interdependence Models (APIMs; Cook & Kenny, 2005; Kashy & Kenny, 2000) revealed associations between individual coping and dyadic coping in the predicted directions. APIMs also indicated the unique contributions of positive and negative dyadic coping to relationship functioning, above and beyond contributions of individual coping strategies. Implications of dyadic coping as a target of efforts to prevent or treat partner and/or relational distress are discussed.

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20954765
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PMC3220915
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10.1037/a0020836
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