Nuclear Family Emotional Functioning and Marital Satisfaction: The Cultural Lens of Self-Construal

Kursuncu M. A. , SÜMER Z.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FAMILY THERAPY, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01926187.2021.1992804
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Periodicals Index Online, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Gender Studies Database, Psycinfo, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Keywords: Marital satisfaction, self-construal, nuclear family emotional functioning, differentiation of self, BOWEN THEORY, DIFFERENTIATION, VALIDITY, IDENTITY, QUALITY, GENDER, IMPACT


The purpose was to investigate the mediating role of interrelational and self-developmental orientations (self-construals) in the relationships between nuclear family emotional functioning and marital satisfaction. Six hundred and eighteen married individuals completed Family Genogram Interview, Balanced Integration Differentiation Scale, Relationship Assessment Scale, and Demographic Information Form. Findings indicated that nuclear family emotional processes and self-construals explained 84% of the variance in marital satisfaction. Emotional contact was the strongest predictor, and the interrelational orientation partially mediated the relationships between emotional contact, symptoms in spouses, and marital satisfaction. Self-developmental orientation fully mediated the relationship between the focus on child and marital satisfaction.