Bahun, Ivana

Relationship satisfaction of mental health patients - the role of individual and dyadic coping with stress / Bahun, Ivana ; Huić, Aleksandra. - 55-67 str.

A satisfying romantic relationship can greatly benefits one's mental health, while on the other hand, when under stress, they can be less than satisfactory. In this study we examined relationship satisfaction of mental health patients, and the link between individual coping strategies, partner reactions and behaviours in stressful circumstances, ways of dyadic coping, and relationship satisfaction. Also, because mental health patients could have a decreased capacity to deal with relationship stress, we examined whether different ways of coping with stress will be associated with relationship satisfaction differently for those with better vs. worse mental health status. A total number of 85 mental health patients currently involved in psychiatric treatment provided information concerning their current mental health, level of perceived stress, ways of coping and relationship satisfaction. Results indicated that adaptive coping strategies have a stronger link with relationship satisfaction than negative strategies. Out of the individual coping strategies and partner reactions, stress communication by oneself and supportive dyadic coping of the partner are significant predictors of relationship satisfaction, but overall the most important predictor seems to be common dyadic coping, and this seems to be the case both for those with better and worse mental health. Practical implications for therapeutic work with mental health patients are discussed in the context of improving relationship satisfaction.


Huić, Aleksandra ;

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