Sharing and caring are important to face current financial stress during lockdowns

The economic recession, triggered by the corona virus and the following lockdown, has upset the equations and budgets of the families. This has also affected the marital relationships.

A new study says that it is sharing the stress is important between the couples to survive this financial crisis, accompanied by the great depression.

Some couples may be better equipped to manage that kind of stress than others, suggests research by Ashley LeBaron, a doctoral student in the University of Arizona Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Financial stress isn’t good for anyone, but for lower-income couples, it can really affect the time and energy and focus they can put on relationships,” LeBaron said.

She found that the strongest relationships were those in which partners remembered to practice “relationship maintenance behaviours,” including respecting one another, being there for one another, and showing love and affection for one another.

“A big take-home message is the importance of these relationship maintenance behaviours, especially when you’re experiencing financial stress,” LeBaron said. “It’s hard to remember to do that when you’re in the middle of financial stress. But making sure that your partner knows that you’re there for them, and doing things that show love and affection for them is really important.”


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