Poor Sleep Is Associated With Greater Marital Aggression: The Role of Self Control

Peggy S. Keller, Eric A. Haak, C. Nathan DeWall, Claire Renzetti

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Background/Objective: Although sleep problems are linked to relationship difficulties, the mechanisms involved have not been empirically demonstrated. The present study considers self-control as such a mechanism. Participants: Data were collected from 342 predominantly white, middle-class, married adults. Method: Participants completed online questionnaires about sleep, marital aggression, and self-control, and a virtual voodoo doll task. Results and Conclusions: Sleep problems were associated with higher levels of aggression on all measures, and lower self-control mediated these associations. Associations did not depend on participant gender, presence of children in the home, income, or length of marriage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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