Examining the Moderating Influence of Relationship Satisfaction on Affection and Trust, Closeness, Stress, and Depression

Lisa J. van Raalte, Kory Floyd

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Abstract

This study sought to explore whether relationship satisfaction moderated the relationship between affection and individual health (i.e., depression and stress) and affection and relational well-being (i.e., trust and closeness). The sample (N = 631) was comprised of predominantly female non-married Southwestern college students. Relationship satisfaction did not interact with the relationship between affection and trust, affection and closeness, and affection and depression. However, relationship satisfaction moderated the relationship between affection and stress such that affection was significantly and negative related to stress only for highly satisfied relationships. Dissatisfied participants were affectionately deprived, and their frequency of affectionate behaviors varied. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-32
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Communication
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication

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