Couples’ money management behavior and relationship satisfaction


Britt, S., Grable, J.E., Nelson, B.S., & White, M. (2008). The influence of perceived spending behaviors on relationship satisfaction. Financial Counseling and Planning, 19(1), 31-43.

Brief Description: This study explored relationships between couples’ personal and joint spending habits and relationship satisfaction. Results indicated that partner spending behaviors, but not one’s own or joint spending behaviors, influence relationship satisfaction. Other factors associated with relationship satisfaction were high self-esteem (positive relationship) and financial stressors such as medical bills (negative relationship).


Changes in Debt and Change in Marital Satisfaction


Dew, J. (2007). The relationship between debt change and marital satisfaction change in recently married couples. Family Relations, 57 (1), 60-71.

Brief Description: Recently married couples report debt as one of their top concerns. This study assesses how changes in consumer debt (e.g., credit card debt) relate to changes in marital satisfaction. Consumer debt assumption is associated with recently married couples’ cutting back on spending time together and arguing about money more frequently. These changes predict declines in marital satisfaction. …

Social and Financial Capital Resources Can Lessen Hardships

Parks-Yancy, R., DiTomaso, N. & Post, C. (2007). The mitigating effects of social and financial capital resources on hardships. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 28(3), 429-448.

Brief Description: Social and financial capital resources include knowing people who can help one obtain a job, offer cash or help defray expenses when layoffs or other hardships occur. These resources differ by gender and class (income/occupational status). This study found that middle class individuals had ample access to social and financial …

Spousal differences in financial risk tolerance


Gilliam, J.E., Goetz, J.W. & Hampton, V. L. (2008). Spousal differences in financial risk tolerance. Financial Counseling and Planning, 19(1), 3-11.

Brief Description: This study explored the financial risk tolerance of 110 couples who completed a Web-based survey. Wives who were university graduates had a higher tolerance for risk, whereas their husbands’ mean risk tolerance score was lower than husbands whose wives did not have degrees. Perhaps, due to a higher level of household income, it is unnecessary for …

Women in Business-owning Families


Philbrick, C. & Fitzgerald, M. (2007). Women in business-owning families: A comparison of roles, responsibilities and predictions of family functionality. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 28(4), 618-634.

Brief Description: This paper compares groups of women associated with family businesses in order to determine what factors predict how they function. Using the Sustainable Family Business (SFB) model, family and business characteristics are studied, as well as areas of interface between family and business systems. Results of this study indicate …

Teachers’ Preparation for Teaching Personal Finance


Way, W. L. & Holden, K.C. (2009). Teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance: Results of a national study. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Education, 20(2), 64-78.

Brief Description: An increasing number of state mandates have expanded financial education at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. An online survey of 504 grade K-12 teachers was conducted to determine teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance. Results indicated that teachers recognized the importance of teaching personal finance …

Completing Debt Management Plans


Xiao, J. J. & Wu, J.( 2008). Completing debt management plans in credit counseling: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 19 (2), 29-45.

Brief Description: Debt management plans offered by credit counseling agencies have the potential to benefit the consumers, the creditors, and the agencies involved. Although debtors are screened by the agencies for their likelihood of being successful, not all of the participants in debt management are able to complete the …

Teacher Training in Personal Finance and Student’s Test Scores


Swinton, J., De Berry, T, Scafidi, B., & Woodard, H. (2007). The Impact of Financial Education Workshops for Teachers on Students’ Economic Achievement, The Journal of Consumer Education, 24, 63-77.


Brief Description: Many states emphasize personal finance as an essential skill for graduating seniors. Unfortunately, many high school teachers are inadequately trained in personal finance. The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) has developed an extensive curriculum, and its state affiliates offer workshops to help teachers deliver its personal …

Parental Influence and Teens’ Attitude toward Online Privacy Protection


Youn, S. (2008, Fall). Parental Influence and Teens’ Attitude toward Online Privacy Protection. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 42(3), 362-388.

Brief Description: This study investigated how parental influence affects teens’ attitude toward online privacy protection. Teens living in a family that values concept-oriented family communication tended to engage in discussion mediation, which increased their level of privacy concern. In contrast, teens living in environments with high socio-oriented communication tended to have more family rules and surf the Internet with parents. …

How Financial Assets and Consumer Debt Influence Marital Conflict


Dew, J. (2007) Two sides of the same coin? The differing roles of assets and consumer debt in marriage. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 28(1), 89-104.

Brief Description: This study assessed how financial assets (e.g., savings, investments, etc.) and consumer debt (e.g., credit card debt) influence the frequency of marital conflict. Assets indirectly decrease marital conflict by decreasing feelings of financial pressure. Although consumer debt adds to feelings of financial pressure, it also directly relates to increased frequency …