People more confident about getting married are more satisfied with their marriages three years in.
PROBLEM: Marriage dissatisfaction, separation, and divorce. Are we getting married when we shouldn't? How valid is pre-wedding anxiety?
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METHODOLOGY: 1,220 subjects in heterosexual marriages recorded their marital confidence (defined as a conscious appraisal of confidence in their decision to get married -- as opposed to appraising the future of their marriage), time spent together, and marital satisfaction at intervals over the first few years of marriage. Researchers at the University of Alberta, Edomonton and Kansas State University then looked at how those three variables were associated.
- Marital confidence around the time of marriage correlated with marital satisfaction 3 years later.
- Marital confidence at 1.5 years of marriage correlated with how much time the couple spent together.
- Time spent together at 1.5 years correlated with marital satisfaction at 3 years. Most notably, wives' perception of time spent with their spouse had a positive, direct effect on husbands' marital satisfaction.