Emotional Dependency and Dysfunctional Relationship Beliefs as Predictors of Married Turkish Individuals' Relationship Satisfaction

Kemer G. , Yildiz E. C. , Bulgan G.

SPANISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol.19, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/sjp.2016.78


In this study, we examined married individuals' relationship satisfaction in relation to their emotional dependency and dysfunctional relationship beliefs. Our participants consisted of 203 female and 181 male, a total of 384 married individuals from urban cities of Turkey. Controlling the effects of gender and length of marriage, we performed a hierarchical regression analysis. Results revealed that married Turkish individuals' relationship satisfaction was significantly explained by their emotional dependency (sr(2) = .300, p < .001), and perceptions of interpersonal rejection (sr(2) = .075, p < .001) and unrealistic relationship expectations (sr(2) = .028, p < .001). However, interpersonal misperception did not make a significant contribution to the participants' relationship satisfaction (p > .05). When compared to perceptions of interpersonal rejection and unrealistic relationship expectations, emotional dependency had the largest role in explaining participants' satisfaction with their marriages. We discuss the results in light of current literature as well as cultural relevance. We also provide implications for future research and mental health practices.