Mediating roles of satisfaction with dual-career lifestyle and relationship satisfaction in the association between investments and commitment

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2019
Üçok, S. Burc
The aim of the current study is to explore the potential mediating roles of relationship satisfaction and satisfaction with dual-career lifestyle in the relationship between investments (past tangible, past intangible, planned tangible, planned intangible) and commitment, in Turkish dual-career married couples. The participants of the study comprise of 213 dual-career married couples (N=426) between the ages of 19-60, who have been married for at least 7 months. Participants were reached via snowball and purposive sampling techniques. Turkish versions of the Investment Model Scale, Past and Planned Investments Measure, and Satisfaction with the Dual-Career Lifestyle Scale along with a demographic form were used to gather data. Two models were proposed in the current study. In the first model, the mediating roles of satisfaction with dual-career lifestyle and relationship satisfaction in the relationship between past investments and commitment were examined. In the second model, the mediating roles of satisfaction with dual-career lifestyle and relationship satisfaction in the relationship between planned investments and commitment were examined. Actor-Partner Interdependence Mediation Model (APIMeM) was conducted primarily to test the proposed models. The results of APIMeM analyses revealed that the associations between past intangible investments and commitment were partially mediated through relationship satisfaction for both wives and husbands. Moreover, the associations between planned intangible investments and commitment were also partially mediated through relationship satisfaction for both wives and husbands. Consequently, the findings were discussed in relation to the relevant literature, implications for counselors were mentioned, and recommendations for future research were presented.