Walking the walk, talking the talk: Love languages, self-regulation and relationship satisfaction

Bunt, Selena & Hazelwood, Zoe J. (2016) Walking the walk, talking the talk: Love languages, self-regulation and relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships. (In Press)

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Much clinical work has utilized Chapman’s (1995) ‘love languages’ model to promote relationship satisfaction, yet the model remains untested. This study addressed this issue by testing the hypothesis that couples with aligned love languages would report higher relationship satisfaction; we also explored the role that self-regulation played in promoting satisfaction. Sixty-seven heterosexual couples were assessed on love language preference, self-regulation and relationship satisfaction. Results provided limited evidence that love language alignment promotes satisfaction; rather self-regulation contributed greater variance in satisfaction. Dyadic analyses identified that female self-regulation positively impacted both male and female relationship satisfaction when couples had dissimilar primary love languages, although significant actor effects were also important predictors for both genders. The outcomes of this study suggest that the effectiveness of Chapman’s model may be dependent upon both spouses exhibiting appropriate self-regulatory behaviors, and that female self-regulation plays an important role in predicting relationship satisfaction for both partners when they have different preferred love languages.

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ID Code: 98565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Relationships, Communication, Relational maintenance, Self-regulation
ISSN: 1475-6811
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 International Association for Relationship Research
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2016 01:47
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 21:45

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