Written By: Melissa J. Wilmarth, Casey J. Totenhagen, Joyce Serido, and Soyeon Shim,
Whereas problematic finances can undermine relationship satisfaction, a sense of shared financial values may bolster relationship satisfaction; thus, it is important to understand how to promote couples’ shared financial values. In this study, we examined the association of individuals’ perceptions regarding their own and their partners’ positive financial behaviors on shared financial values. Using survey data from a young adult cohort of college graduates, participants of the Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS) study, we found that participants’ perceptions of their own positive financial behaviors, and their perceptions of the positive financial behaviors of their partners, were each associated with increased shared financial values. Results suggest that practitioners could help individuals recognize that improving their own financial behaviors and also appreciating their partner’s positive financial behaviors contribute to couples’ shared financial values.