Money problems

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:48 pm
Money problems often result in marital conflicts. People marry with established attitudes about money that stem from their ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. When spouses come from different backgrounds, they're likely to have different perceptions of money. Because society has traditionally regarded discussions about money matters as a taboo, many couples have a difficult time communicating about financial problems. However, when income, expenses, and other financial matters aren't discussed, it generally gives rise to doubts, suspicion, and mistrust. Couples often begin to blame one another for their financial difficulties instead of working together to resolve the issues that face them. In most cases, it's best to deal with money issues by openly acknowledging anxieties and frustrations. Financial problems are more likely to be resolved when couples examine the problem together, and make an effort to assign money management duties based on each other's talents and abilities. By discussing issues as they arise, it may be possible to avoid a destructive buildup of resentment and hostility. For more information, consult health care professional in your area.

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