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Author Lim, Ben Kock-Hong
Title Conflict resolution styles, somatization, and marital satisfaction in Chinese couples: The moderating effect of forgiveness and willingness to seek professional help
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Descript 155 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-07, Section: B, page: 3902
Chair: David C. Ivey
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Tech University, 2000
This study examined the predictors of somatization and marital satisfaction within the Chinese-American and Chinese-Malaysian populations. Attention was given as well to the relationship between somatization and marital satisfaction. Participants were 310 Chinese couples, of which 141 resided in the United States and 170 in Malaysia. A snowball sampling technique was used to recruit church-going couples in heterosexual marriages. Seven measures were used, the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory, the Stress Symptom Checklist, the Family Forgiveness Scale, the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale, the Attitudes Toward Seeking Psychological Professional Help, and the Relationship Assessment Scale. A standardized hierarchical multiple regression was used to examine how the main effects of conflict resolution styles (compromising, obliging, dominating, avoiding and integrating), forgiveness, and the willingness to seek professional help, predicted marital satisfaction and somatization. The regression model also examined how marital satisfaction and somatization covary. Demographic variables and the partners' main effects were included in the regression equations as covariates. The results reveal different significant predictors of somatization and marital satisfaction for husbands and wives. This partially supported the various hypotheses. The moderating effects of forgiveness and willingness to seek help on both somatization and marital satisfaction were not supported. A 2 x 2 repeated measures ANOVA with age as a covariate indicated that there was no significant main effect for gender. However, age and nationality of the couples were significant predictors of somatization. With respect to the willingness to seek help and its relationship with acculturation, an independent t-test indicated that partners residing in the United States were significantly more acculturated than their Malaysian counterparts. The analysis revealed that level of acculturation was positively associated with willingness to seek professional help. Two repeated measures ANOVAs indicated that wives in both the U.S. and Malaysia were more willing to seek professional help than their husbands, and that the husbands reported greater marital satisfaction than their wives. The results and implications from a systemic dyadic perspective are discussed from a Chinese cultural framework. Both theoretical and clinical critiques are made and several future research directions are proposed to advance this line of inquiry
School code: 0230
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 61-07B
Subject Psychology, Social
Social Work
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Alt Author Texas Tech University
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