Affection deprivation in marital relationships: An actor-partner interdependence mediation analysis

Colin Hesse*, Xi Tian

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Abstract

The current study sought to assess the dyadic effects of affection deprivation in marital relationships. We used the tenets of affection exchange theory to examine the actor and partner effects between affectionate communication, affection deprivation, and mental and relational outcomes. Moreover, we tested whether affection deprivation mediated the association between affectionate communication and outcome variables. In terms of actor effects, affectionate communication was associated with husbands’ depression, wives’ loneliness, and both husbands’ and wives’ marital quality and emotional intimacy. Affection deprivation was associated with all outcome variables for husbands and wives, except for wives’ emotional intimacy. We observed significant partner effects between affectionate communication and affection deprivation for both husbands and wives, as well as between wives’ affectionate communication and husbands’ emotional intimacy. Affection deprivation mediated some of the actor and partner effects between affectionate communication and outcome variables. Implications, connections to theory, and directions for future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-985
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date24 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Actor–partner interdependence mediation model
  • affection
  • marital relationships
  • mental well-being

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