For dating couples, work and finances are key sources of stress, or external events which cause an emotional or physical reaction. When a stressor cannot be eliminated, it is important to look at how one reacts or copes in response to the stressor. Learning and using healthy coping mechanisms can help individuals respond to stress in healthier ways.

An Australian study has shown that there is a strong link between experience of financial hardship and personal psychological distress (Creed, et al, 2006).

One point made by the authors is that financial distress reduces a person’s capacity to plan and interferes with planning for a meaningful future. It is this that primarily reduces psychological wellbeing.

Discuss these questions with your partner:

  • To what extent are you troubled by your financial distress?
  • Is your relationship satisfaction reduced by financial stress?

For cohabiting couples, learning and using healthy coping mechanisms can help respond to stress in healthier ways.

Read our previous blog posts to find out how.


  • Creed, P., Patton, W., Prideaux, L.A., 2006: Causal relationship between career indecision and career decision-making self-efficacy: A longitudinal cross-lagged analysis, Journal of career development 33 (1), 47-65

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