Couples who receive government assistance report less marital satisfaction, commitment, study finds said David Schramm, assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. “The study confirms that low income does have a negative impact on marital quality, but there are additional factors as well. The relationship between income and marital satisfaction is influenced by other issues, including whether or not the couple receives some form of government assistance.” . . . | David G. Schramm and V. William Harris, “Marital Quality and Income: An Examination of the Influence of Government Assistance,” 32 Journal of Family and Economic Issues 437-448 (Sept. 2011)