55a. Social Networks and Attributions for Marital Issues

8:00 AM–9:15 AM Mar 3, 2018 (US - Eastern)

(HR) Regency VI



  • Teresa Nguyen, UCLA
  • David Kennedy, RAND Corporation
  • Benjamin Karney, UCLA
  • Thomas Bradbury, UCLA
Although partners’ maladaptive attributions for relationship events are theorized to result from individual differences, we test an alternative possibility that they arise from forces outside relationships. Using structured social network interviews, we demonstrate how network members act as sources of information for shared environmental conditions that affect spouses’ blame for marital issues.