Strengthening the Marriage Bond in Newlyweds: Factors and Strategies for Successful Outcomes

Marital satisfaction is associated with numerous positive factors while dissolution of marriage is associated with numerous negative factors, especially within the first four years of marriage. Positive factors that contribute to successful marital outcomes are being first married at age 25 and older, possessing a higher level of education, and homogeneous traits such as race, age, and education. Risk factors associated with dissolution of marriage are cohabitation, remarriage, and having children in the family. Identifying strategies to reduce divorce proneness is critical since 20% of first marriages end within five years.

Keywords: attachment behavior, marital satisfaction, marital adjustment, marital quality, newlywed couples, first years of marriage, divorce proneness

Barbara L. Mackintosh
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