The Influence of a Financial Management Course on Couples’ Relationship Quality

9 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2013

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Kevin Zimmerman

Iowa State University - Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Carl Roberts

Iowa State University - Department of Statistics

Abstract

This mixed-methods study investigated the influence of a financial management course on couples’ relationship quality. Based on family stress theory, we hypothesized that couples who attended the course would report an improvement in their relationship quality, and that greater implementation of the financial management practices recommended in the course would be related to an increase in relationship quality, accounting for time living together and income. The data from 32 couples supported our hypotheses and revealed that couples’ relationship quality improved during the course. Greater implementation of financial management practices was found to be associated with improvement in relationship quality. Participants identified improved communication as the primary reason for improved relationship quality.

Keywords: couple and family therapy, couple communication, family stress theory, financial management course, relationship quality

Suggested Citation

Zimmerman, Kevin and Roberts, Carl, The Influence of a Financial Management Course on Couples’ Relationship Quality. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2220829

Kevin Zimmerman (Contact Author)

Iowa State University - Department of Human Development and Family Studies ( email )

United States

Carl Roberts

Iowa State University - Department of Statistics ( email )

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Ames, IA 50011
United States

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