The Effects of early maladaptive schemas on partners’ marital satisfaction: the mediating roles of schema coping styles and perceived partner responsiveness

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2017
Akkol, Selin
The aims of the current study are to examine (1) the possible effects of early maladaptive schemas, schema coping styles, and perceived partner responsiveness on marital satisfaction; (2) the mediating role of avoidance coping style; (3) the mediating role of compensation schema coping style; and (4) the mediating role of perceived partner responsiveness in the relationship between schema domains (i.e. Impaired Autonomy, Disconnection, Unrelenting Standards, Impaired Limits, and Other Directedness) and marital satisfaction. The Actor-Partner Interdependence Model was used to examine the bidirectional effects of variables pertaining to wives and husbands in predicting their marital satisfaction. Each spouse among a hundred and twenty-four couples who were married for at least 5 months completed the measures. The results revealed that husbands’ avoidance coping style mediated the relationship between 1) wives’ Unrelenting Standards, 2) husbands’ Disconnection, 3) husbands’ Other Directedness schema domains and wives’ marital satisfaction. However, the hypothesis about the mediating effects of compensation coping style was not supported. Regarding the mediating role of perceived partner responsiveness, both wives’ and husbands’ Impaired Autonomy schema domains decreased wives’ perceived partner responsiveness, and this decrease, in turn, leads to a decrease in both spouses’ marital satisfaction. Moreover, husbands’ perceived partner responsiveness mediated the relationship between husbands’ both Disconnection and Impaired Limits schema domains and husbands’ marital satisfaction. Finally, this study discusses its strengths and limitations, clinical implications as well as makes suggestions for future research.

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S. Akkol, “The Effects of early maladaptive schemas on partners’ marital satisfaction: the mediating roles of schema coping styles and perceived partner responsiveness,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.