Solidarity in Couple Relationships – A Mixed Methods Approach

Ayhan Adams 1 , Katrin Golsch 2  and Kai-Olaf Maiwald 3
  • 1 Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Seminarstr. 33, 49074, Osnabrück, Deutschland
  • 2 Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Seminarstr. 33, 49074, Osnabrück, Deutschland
  • 3 Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Seminarstr. 33, 49074, Osnabrück, Deutschland
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  • Ayhan Adams, geb. 1991 in Heinsberg. Studium der Soziologie an der Universität zu Köln. Seit 2017 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Promotionsstudent an der Universität Osnabrück im Fachgebiet für Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung und Sozialstrukturanalyse. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Paar- und Familiensoziologie, Partnerschaftliche Unterstützung, Work-Family Balance, Quantitative Methoden.
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, Katrin Golsch
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  • Katrin Golsch, geb. 1975 in Bielefeld. Studium der Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld. 2004 Promotion in Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld. Seit 2014 Professorin für Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung und Sozialstrukturanalyse an der Universität Osnabrück. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Quantitative Methoden insbesondere zur Analyse von Längsschnittdaten, Paar- und Familiensoziologie, Geschlechterforschung, soziale Ungleichheiten, Lebenslaufforschung, Work-Life Balance. Wichtigste Publikationen: Applied Panel Data Analysis for Economic and Social Surveys. Berlin u. Heidelberg: Springer 2013 (mit Hans-Jürgen Andreß und Alexander Schmidt)
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and Kai-Olaf Maiwald
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  • Kai-Olaf Maiwald, geb. 1963 in Engershausen. Studium der Soziologie in Bielefeld, Heidelberg und Frankfurt a. M., Promotion an der Universität Frankfurt a. M., Habilitation an der Universität Tübingen. 1994–2002 wissenschaftlicher Assistent Universität Tübingen, 2004–2010 Mitarbeiter im Institut für Sozialforschung Frankfurt a. M., seit 2010 Professor für Mikrosoziologie und qualitative Methoden an der Universität Osnabrück. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Paar- und Familiensoziologie, Geschlechterforschung, interaktionstheoretische Mikrosoziologie, qualitative Methoden. Aktuelle Publikationen: Microsociology. A Tool Kit for Interaction Analysis. London/New York: Routledge 2020 (mit Inken Sürig); Familiale Interaktion, Objektbesetzung und Sozialstruktur: Zur Bedeutung der ödipalen Triade in der strukturalen Familiensoziologie, WestEnd – Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 15 (2), 2018: S. 73–85; Liebe und Anerkennung in der Familie, in: J. Ecarius, A. Schierbaum (Hrsg.), Handbuch Familie: Gesellschaft und differentielle Felder. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2020 (First Online)
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In family research, there have not yet been many attempts to grasp theoretically and empirically solidarity in couple relationships, a gap that this study addresses combining qualitative and quantitative strategies. One purpose of this article is to develop a theoretical framework to understand solidarity as an overarching structural element of cooperation in couples. We then propose, in the best possible way, a measurement of solidarity to be used in quantitative analysis. To this end, data from the German Family Panel (pairfam, waves 2008–2017) are used in a longitudinal design. We offer an empirical test of our measurement by employing autoregressive cross-lagged analyses with random intercepts (n = 2,588 couples) and establish the cause-and-effect relationship between solidarity and one important dimension of relationship quality, i. e. relationship satisfaction. The results of this analysis lend support to our assumption that couples cooperate on a basic rule of solidarity, having a unidirectional influence on relationship quality.

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