Dyadic Coping, Dyadic Coping Based Gratitude (DC-G), and Relationship Satisfaction in Pakistani Couples

Sultan Shujja, Guy Bodenmann, Ashley K. Randall, Adnan Adil, Farah Malik

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    Dyadic coping-based gratitude (DC-G) refers to the reaction of appreciation and thankfulness in response to received problem-focused and emotion-focused positive dyadic coping (DC) behaviors by the partner. The actor-partner interdependent mediation model was used to test the mediating role of DC-G between DC and relationship satisfaction in a purposive sample of 300 Pakistani married couples, which were treated as indistinguishable following the use of a test for distinguishability. Mediation analysis demonstrated that DC-G partially mediated the couples’ DC and relationship satisfaction implying that the association between DC and relationship satisfaction strengthened as the DC-G intervenes in the path model. Additionally, the actor-actor or partner-partner indirect effects were stronger compared to the cross-partner effect suggesting that husbands or wives’ DC more strongly predicted corresponding relationship satisfaction via DC-G compared to husbands-wives’ DC. Implications are discussed within collectivistic cultural orientation and Islamic religious obligations regarding marital relationships in Pakistani couples.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article numbere31
    JournalSpanish Journal of Psychology
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 2 2022


    • DC-based gratitude couples’ interdependence
    • Pakistan
    • cultural orientation
    • religious obligations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • General Psychology
    • Linguistics and Language


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