Limitations of evolutionary theory in explaining marital satisfaction and stability of couple relationships


Evolutionary Theory
Marital satisfaction
Marital stability
Couple Relationships

How to Cite

Cabrera García, V., & Aya Gómez, V. (2014). Limitations of evolutionary theory in explaining marital satisfaction and stability of couple relationships. International Journal of Psychological Research, 7(1), 81–93.


The explanation of marital satisfaction and stability in trajectories of couple relationships has been the central interest in different studies (Karney, Bradbury. & Johnson, 1999; Sabatelli & Ripoll, 2004; Schoebi, Karney & Bradbury, 2012). However, there are still several questions and unknown aspects surrounding the topic. Within this context, the present reflection seeks to analyze whether the principles of Evolutionary Theory suffice to explain three marital trajectories in terms of satisfaction and stability. With this in mind, we have included other explanations proposed by the Psychosocial Theory that Evolutionary Theory does not refer to in order to better understand mating behavior. Moreover, other factors that could account for satisfied and stable relationships were analyzed. Suggestions for future investigations include the analysis of other marital trajectories that may or may not end in separation or divorce but are not included in this article.
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