Relationship power and couple satisfaction. The mediating role of commitment and dependency
Elena Alexandra Mîndrilă, Maria Nicoleta Turliuc
The relationship between power and satisfaction has been extensively studied in psychology, but little is known about the processes that mediate this association. Also, there is little empirical evidence that has tested the various theoretical frames proposed over time. The purpose of this study was to empirically explore the association between relational power and couple satisfaction using the latest model of power in a couple’s life proposed by Simpson and his colleagues (2015), the Dyadic Power Social-Influence. We also investigated if commitment and dependency mediate this relationship. Data were gathered from 252 participants who volunteered to participate in this research. The participants filled in four self-report scales that were distributed online. Using Structural Equation Modeling, our results show that commitment and dependency act as mediators in the association between relationship power and couple satisfaction. Limits and recommendations for future research are proposed in the discussion section.
Relationship power, Couple satisfaction, Commitment, Dependency, Mediation
Elena Alexandra Mîndrilă – Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Nicoleta Turliuc – Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania