Members in the Media
From: Futurity

Natural Disasters Bring Married Couples Closer, at Least for Awhile

That’s according to a first-of-its-kind study that looked at couples in the Houston area before and after Hurricane Harvey.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, has implications for how best to help families as they navigate different types of stressors.

Researchers had already surveyed 231 newly married couples about their relationship satisfaction shortly before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in August 2017, devastating much of the Houston area.

With the advent of the hurricane, researchers saw a unique opportunity to track relationship dynamics through the aftermath of a natural disaster. A relationship study with data from before and after a natural disaster had not been done before.

“We originally set out to study the effects of everyday stressors, such as financial problems and the transition to parenthood, on couples in the early years of their marriage,” says lead author Hannah Williamson, assistant professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

Read the whole story (subscription may be required): Futurity

More of our Members in the Media >

APS regularly opens certain online articles for discussion on our website. Effective February 2021, you must be a logged-in APS member to post comments. By posting a comment, you agree to our Community Guidelines and the display of your profile information, including your name and affiliation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations present in article comments are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of APS or the article’s author. For more information, please see our Community Guidelines.

Please login with your APS account to comment.