CitationUlloa, Emilio C.; Hammett, Julia F.; Meda, Nicole A.; & Rubalcaba, Salvador J. (2017). Empathy and Romantic Relationship Quality Among Cohabitating Couples: An Actor–Partner Interdependence Model. The Family Journal. vol. 25 (3) pp. 208-214
AbstractThis study employed a dyadic data analysis approach to examine the association between partners? empathy and relationship quality among cohabitating couples. Data were collected from 374 cohabitating but nonmarried couples who were participants in the Wave 3 romantic pairs subsample of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Men?s higher empathy was related to their own perceptions of better relationship quality and women?s higher empathy was related to their own as well as their partner?s perceptions of better relationship quality. These findings show that individuals? abilities to be understanding, compassionate, and sympathetic may be related to the overall feeling of satisfaction and love in romantic relationships. The only effect that did not reach statistical significance was the partner effect from men?s empathy to women?s relationship quality. Although previous research with married couples has shown that men?s empathy may play a more important role in shaping couples? perceptions of relationship quality, according to the current findings, these findings may not extend to cohabitating couples. The current results provide beneficial guidance to clinicians working with distressed, nonmarried couples.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleThe Family Journal
Author(s)Ulloa, Emilio C.
Hammett, Julia F.
Meda, Nicole A.
Rubalcaba, Salvador J.