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Mate Selection Processes and Marital Satisfaction

Kelly J. Grover, Candyce S. Russell, Walter R. Schumm and Lois A. Paff-Bergen
Family Relations
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 383-386
DOI: 10.2307/583577
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583577
Page Count: 4
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Mate Selection Processes and Marital Satisfaction
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Abstract

Within a sample of 51 middle-aged wives, a strong correlation was found between length of time spent dating their current spouses and current marital satisfaction. At the same time, correlations between marital satisfaction and age at marriage and number of break-ups during the dating period were not significant. A heterogeneous dispersion of residuals was detected such that those who dated only a short period of time provided a much wider range of responses for marital satisfaction than those who dated a longer time. Thus, a longer period of dating was associated with a higher probability of a happy marriage but did not appear to be a necessary condition. Implications for premarital education are discussed.

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