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dc.contributorDepartment of Applied Social Sciencesen_US
dc.creatorLi, Xen_US
dc.creatorCurran, Men_US
dc.creatorButler, Een_US
dc.creatorToomey, RBen_US
dc.creatorCao, Hen_US
dc.creatorFang, Xen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.rightsThis is the accepted version of the publication Li X, Curran M, Butler E, Toomey RB, Cao H, Fang X. External stressors and trajectories of marital quality during the early years of Chinese marriage: Buffering effects of resources at multiple ecological levels. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. November 2021 Copyright © The Author(s) 2021. DOI: 10.1177/02654075211055236en_US
dc.subjectChinese couplesen_US
dc.subjectExternal stressorsen_US
dc.subjectMarital qualityen_US
dc.subjectResources at multiple levelsen_US
dc.titleExternal stressors and trajectories of marital quality during the early years of Chinese marriage : buffering effects of resources at multiple ecological levelsen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
dcterms.abstractDrawing from the stress resistance process within the conservation of resources theory, this study examined how resources at multiple ecological levels—personal (self-esteem), relational (spousal support), and social network (relationships with parents and parents-in-law)—moderate the spillover and crossover effects from external stressors to trajectories of marital quality. We used three-annual-wave, dyadic data from 268 heterosexual Chinese couples who were at the beginning stages of marriage. Consistent with theory, personal, relational, and social network resources all buffered the detrimental effects of external stressors for marital quality. Further, nuanced findings emerged, likely given the social cultural context in contemporary China. Specifically, gender differences emerged in whether a specific resource attenuated the detrimental effects of external stressors (e.g., husbands’ vs. wives’ self-esteem attenuated detrimental effects of external stressors). Moreover, opposite patterns existed for the short-term versus long-term results for husbands’ relational resources. In sum, our findings highlight that when helping couples cope with stressors, it is necessary to (a) include available resources at multiple ecological levels (personal, relational, social network) and (b) consider whether social cultural backgrounds may have influenced the effectiveness of a specific resource.en_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationJournal of social and personal relationships, 2021, OnlineFirst,
dcterms.isPartOfJournal of social and personal relationshipsen_US
dc.description.validate202112 bcvcen_US
dc.description.oaAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.description.pubStatusEarly releaseen_US
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