Relational Resources as Buffers Against the Impact of Stress: A Longitudinal Study of Seminary Students and Their Partners

Volume
Volume 24
Issue
Spring 1996
Title
Relational Resources as Buffers Against the Impact of Stress: A Longitudinal Study of Seminary Students and Their Partners
Abstract

In a study of married, first-year seminary students and their partners support was found for the hypothesis that relational resources can buffer the impact of stressors accumulating for these theological students and their partners. Specifically, there was evidence that high quality marital resources (global satisfaction and marital-spiritual orientation) and family resources (immediate and extended) possessed at entry to theological studies were associated with lower levels of stress reported later in that program. In addition, high levels of stress appeared to reduce marital satisfaction and quality of friendships, whereas low-stress persons reported improvement in their already higher quality marital resources as well as improved friendship resources. The hypothesis was not supported with respect to the buffering effects of entry level quality of friendships or personal-spiritual resources.

Author
Dr. A.E. Craddock
Pages
38 - 46
Price
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