PhD Scientific Days 2018

Budapest, April 19–20, 2018

Dyadic Coping in Romantic Relationships: A Personal Project Approach

Szabó, Evelin

1 Szabó Evelin, Semmelweis University, Doctoral School
2 Martos, Tamás, University of Szeged, Institute of Psychology, Semmelweis University, Doctoral School
3 Koren Réka, Semmelweis University, Doctoral School
4 Sallay Viola, University of Szeged, Institute of Psychology

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The purpose of this present study was to investigate the method one can use to describe the process of dyadic coping through the construction of personal projects.
Instead of making general assumptions in our research, we looked at dyadic coping through exact situations: with the DCI we looked at dyadic coping in the context of the couples’ personal projects. According to our hypothesis, the dyadic coping patterns experienced during important personal projects can predict the satisfaction while coping, as well as the general satisfaction. We assumed that the positive coping methods will predict a higher, while the negative coping methods will predict a lower satisfaction level in the couples.
149 heterosexual Hungarian couples participated in our experiment. Our results showed that satisfaction with common dyadic coping is mostly predicted by personal coping experiences, while for relationship satisfaction it is important the way the partner perceives the dyadic coping methods. In the case of women, negative experiences were more likely to predict the relationship satisfaction, while for men the positive experiences seemed to be more predictive.

Key words: dyadic coping, personal projects, Dyadic Coping Inventory, relationship satisfaction

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Doctoral School: Mental Health Sciences
Program: Sociological and mental health approaches to resources
for individuals and communities
Supervisor: Tamás Martos