Exploring the Mediating role of Perceived Partner Responsiveness and the Moderation of Trust in the Relationship between Relationship Maintenance Behavior and Marital Quality

  • Habiba Shaheen Department of Psychology, University of Wah, WahCantt
  • Samina Rashid


Present study intended to explore the role of relationship maintenance behaviour on marital quality. Moreover, present study aimed to investigate the moderating role of trust and mediating role of perceived partner responsiveness on the study variables. Through purposive sampling, 592 married individuals both men and women participated in the study. The key instruments utilized in the study were relationship Maintenance Behavior Measure by Stafford and Canary (1991), Trust in Close Relationship Scale (Remple et al., 1985), Perceived Partner Responsiveness Scale (PPRS) developed by Reis et al. (2011), Norton’s Quality of Marriage Index (QMI; Norton, 1983). Study findings revealed a significant positive correlation between relationship maintenance behaviors and marital quality which suggests that higher levels of relationship maintenance behavior are associated with higher marital quality. Moderation analysis revealed that trust did not moderate the relationship between relationship maintenance behaviour and marital quality. Mediation analysis showed indirect effect of relationship maintenance behaviour on marital quality through perceived partner responsiveness. Present study highlighted the role of perceived partner responsiveness in dyadic relationships and makes key recommendations for family counsellors working with clients in troubled marriages for improving clients' marital quality.