Can't Get No Satisfaction: Both Romantic Partners Tell Us Why Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Lazar, Andrea L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • Romantic relationship satisfaction (RRS) has ramifications for personal, family, and societal well-being. However, RRS research has often failed to account for characteristics of both partners. The couples' sub-sample in Wave III of The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health addresses this by including the romantic heterosexual partners of 1,500 emerging adult respondents. My analysis of relationship characteristics, demographic factors, stressors, and attitudes in this sub-sample reveals that, regardless of gender, own characteristics impacted RRS more than partner's characteristics. However, for men, partner characteristics were more important for RSS than for women. Furthermore, being in an interracial relationship was associated with lower RRS for women with no effect for men. Yet, a mismatch in college attendance between partners was associated with lower RRS for men but not for women. Beyond purposes of well-being, understanding the nuanced relationship dynamics of young adults can further inform policymakers interested in promoting healthy relationships.
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  • Harris, Kathleen Mullan
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