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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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AGUIAR, Joyce; MATIAS, Marisa  and  FONTAINE, Anne Marie. Unemployment, satisfaction with life and marital satisfaction in portuguese and brazilian. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.4, pp. 210-217. ISSN 1984-6657.

Portugal and Brazil have presented high levels of unemployment, although the Portuguese economy is growing in recent years. In this study, we compared satisfaction with life and marital satisfaction between Portuguese and Brazilian couples. Differences were examined between countries and according to unemployment configurations, it means, the gender of the unemployed spouse (husband, wife or both). Participants were 186 Portuguese and 159 Brazilian couples, with a mean age of 41 years and a mean relationship length of 16 years. Our results indicated a significant effect of the unemployment configuration on life satisfaction, which is lower when both spouses are unemployed. In this case, wives are less satisfied with life than their husbands. Concerning marital satisfaction, wives tend to be less satisfied than husbands, particularly in the double unemployment configuration. Our findings contribute to a couple understanding of the unemployment phenomenon.

Keywords : unemployment; satisfaction with life; marital satisfaction.

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