A study of marital conflict on measures of social support and mental health

Tam, Cai Lian * and Lim, Siew Geok * (2008) A study of marital conflict on measures of social support and mental health. Sunway Academic Journal, 5. pp. 97-110.

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Abstract

Marital conflict tactics and social supports have been proven to predict health outcomes in couples. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of marital conflict tactics and social support on the general health of couples in Malaysia. It also aims to find out which type of perceived social support has a greater impact on an individual and his?her spouse?s mental health. A random sample of 399 participants from Selangor who were either married or cohabiting were used in this study. Characteristics of conflict tactics and perceived social support in relation to general health were assessed. The result shows a moderate correlation between the variables. This supports the hypothesis that the manner in which couples handle conflict has an influence on their mental health. Additionally, couples? ability to handle conflict is also related to perceived social support. This means that a person with a better conflict tactic scale and more perceived social support is more likely to have a better general health.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Second author affiliated with Department of Nursing.
Uncontrolled Keywords: marital conflict; social support; mental health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: ?? dop ??
Depositing User: Administrator Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 08:14
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 08:14
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/57

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