Lisa Neff presents a talk titled, “‘Understanding lasting love: A global-specific model of marital maintenance and change.” Neff’s talk kicks off the 2012-2013 Human Development and Family Sciences colloquia.
Lisa Neff is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Neff’s current research focuses on marital relationships. Despite the strong feelings of love and commitment that characterize newlywed couples, many marriages end in disappointment. To understand this shift, her research aims: (1) to identify the relationship processes associated with positive marital outcomes (e.g., the influence of optimistic biases on marital well-being; the role of social support exchanges between partners) and (2) to understand how and when stressors external to the relationship (e.g., work stress, financial difficulties) hinder couples’ efforts to engage in relationship-promoting behaviors.