Relationship-Focused Coping Patterns of Japanese Child-Rearing Couples

Tai Kurosawa, Michiyo Kato, Tetsuji Kamiya

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This study elucidated the relationship-focused coping patterns of Japanese child-rearing couples. Participants were 101 Japanese couples with at least one pre-school child who was attending one of four daycare centres. Questionnaires included a Japanese version of the relationship-focused coping questionnaire, the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale, and the WHO-5 Well-Being Index. Cluster analysis revealed three relationship-focused coping patterns: 'wife escapes/husband combines', 'mutual active relationship maintenance couples', and 'wife engages/husband combines'. Our study showed that relationship-focused coping has multidimensional aspects within couples. Furthermore, mutual active relationship maintenance after marital conflict within couples is important for their marital satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere7
JournalJournal of Relationships Research
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • coping patterns
  • marital satisfaction
  • relationship-focused coping
  • wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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