Non-marital relationship status, relationship strain and well-being
Seberger, Jessica Ann
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Past research has consistently reported a positive association between marriage and psychological well-being while also stressing the importance of including relationship quality in this analysis. Using a sample of African American young adults, my analysis examines the relationship between non-marital relationship status and psychological well-being and how relationship quality conditions the effect of relationship status on psychological well-being using an internal moderator approach. In my analysis, I examine relationship status as a dummy variable as well as a set of dummy variables (single, dating, and cohabiting). Results suggest that while being in a relationship itself is not associated with psychological well-being, individuals in strained relationships have significantly poorer well-being than individuals in less strained relationships. Further, after breaking relationship status into dummy variables, cohabiting women in strained relationships have significantly poorer well-being. These findings suggest that relationship quality conditions the effect of relationship status on psychological well-being.