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the relationship, and the extent to which one’s needs are met by the partner, the relationship compares to others, and expectations for the relationship have been met. 57 Summary This section included some background information about marital research, an overview of prominent theoretical perspectives on marital quality, a description of the VSA model, a review of empirical research on marital satisfaction, and a discussion about the measurement of marital satisfaction. Due to current marriage and divorce statistics and the physical and psychological implications of happy marriages, a vast amount of research is aimed at uncovering the causes and correlates of marital satisfaction, in order to inform effective prevention and intervention strategies for couples in distress. The VSA model offers an integrative framework of marital quality and stability, suggesting that contributing factors include enduring vulnerabilities, stressful events, and adaptive processes. A wide range of factors have been shown to impact marital satisfaction, including demographic, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive variables. In addition, situational variables such as stressful events play a significant role in marital relations, particularly those that challenge couples to renegotiate the work-life balance. Measurement of marital satisfaction is challenging, due to the various construct definitions and tautological assessments that include both marital processes and outcomes. The Relationship Assessment Scale was developed in response to the need for a consensus definition and global measurement of marital satisfaction. Attachment Theory Attachment theory is the second theoretical foundation of the proposed study. The origins and basic concepts of attachment theory are briefly presented, followed by an overview of attachment in adulthood. The various attachment styles are described, along 58
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