Marital satisfaction, marital conflict, and subjective well-being

ZHENG Zhenhua1 PENG Xizhe1

(1.Public Administration and Public Policy National Philosophy and Social Sciences Innovation Base of Fudan University)

【Abstract】From 2012 to 2013, Fudan University conducted a large-scale household sample survey of the post-80s in Shanghai City. Based on the survey data, this paper explores the influence of marital satisfaction and marital conflict on subjective well-being of the post-80s families with different numbers of children. According to the findings, for the groups without child, the subjective well-being is only positively influenced by marital satisfaction; for the groups with one child, the subjective well-being is significantly influenced by marital satisfaction and marital conflict simultaneously; for the groups with two children, the subjective well-being is only negatively influenced by marital conflict. With increase in the number of children, the influencing effects of marital satisfaction and marital conflict on subjective well-being present the significant transfer trend from marital satisfaction to marital conflict. There is no linear relationship between the number of children and subjective well-being. The groups with one child have the highest subjective well-being; the groups with two children have the lowest subjective well-being; the groups without child are in the middle. For the groups with two children, the level of marital conflict is significantly higher than the groups without child and those with one child, meanwhile the subjective well-being is only influenced by marital conflict. Hence, the inhibitory effect of marital conflict significantly reduces the level of subjective well-being.

【Keywords】 the number of children; marital satisfaction; marital conflict; subjective well-being; two-child family;


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CN: 11-3280/C

Vol , No. 01, Pages 63-75+95-96

January 2019


Article Outline


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Theoretical hypotheses and model construction
  • 3 Description of variables and sample characteristics
  • 4 Analysis of structural equation modeling
  • 5 Conclusions and suggestions
  • References