Perceived community disorder, hostile marital interactions, and self-reported health of African American couples: An interdyadic process

K. A.S. Wickrama, Chalandra M. Bryant, Thulitha K.A. Wickrama

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Abstract

Using a sample of African American husbands and wives, this study investigates whether marital interactions and health are linked to their perceived community disorder. Findings suggest that only husbands' perceived community disorder is associated with their hostile behaviors toward their wives. Although wives' perceived disorder is strongly associated with husbands' perceived disorder, wives' perceptions are not directly associated with their hostile behaviors toward their husbands. Findings also suggest that husbands' and wives' hostile behaviors are strongly associated with each other. In general, spouses' hostile behaviors toward their partners are associated with their own as well as their partners' physical and mental health. Furthermore, husbands' perceived community disorder is directly associated with their own physical and mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-531
Number of pages17
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

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