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Materialism Increases Likelihood of Marital Discord, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PROVO, Utah) -- Focusing too heavily on the "for richer" part of the nuptial vows could spell disaster for a marriage, according to research published Thursday by Brigham Young University.

In a survey of 1,700 married couples, researchers found that couples in which one or both partners placed a high priority on getting or spending money were much less likely to have satisfying and stable marriages.

"Our study found that materialism was associated with spouses having lower levels of responsiveness and less emotional maturity.  Materialism was also linked to less effective communication, higher levels of negative conflict, lower relationship satisfaction, and less marriage stability," said Jason Carroll, a BYU professor of family life in Provo, Utah, and lead author of the study.

Researchers gauged materialism using self-report surveys that asked questions such as to what extent do you agree with these statements?  "I like to own things to impress people" or "money can buy happiness."  Spouses were then surveyed on aspects of their marriage.

For one out of every five couples in the study, both partners admitted a strong love of money.  These couples were worse off in terms of marriage stability, marriage satisfaction, communications skills and other metrics of healthy matrimony that researchers studied.

The one out of seven couples that reported low-levels of materialism in both partners scored 10 to 15 percent higher in all metrics of marital quality and satisfaction.  Interestingly, the correlation between materialism and marital difficulties remained stable regardless of the actual wealth of the couple.

Study authors and marriage experts noted that the findings probably have to do with the personality traits that go along with materialism.  They will be published Thursday in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.

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Inpatient, Outpatient Satisfaction Continues to Improve, Report Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- The 2010 Press Ganey Hospital Pulse Report: Patient Perspectives on American Health Care published data showing that patient satisfaction for inpatient and outpatient services has reached its highest levels in five years.

Deidre Mylod, PhD, vice president of hospital services at Press Ganey, attributes the improvement to the public reporting of data, which comes from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems.  This survey provides consumer data about hospital standings.

"We believe inpatients are more satisfied with their care because the implementation of public reporting has made focusing on patient care a higher priority for hospitals," Mylod said.  "The increased transparency and pay-for-performance has pushed hospitals to put an even greater emphasis on satisfaction, and the data show that it's working."

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