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Influences of stressors on couple and family relationships

Adjustment and adaption during personal development and family transition

Predictors of financial management among youth

Personal and relational outcomes of financial management


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Coping and addiction

Advanced human behavior and social environment


Research Interests:

Stressors and couple family relationships

Transition to adulthood

Transition to parenthood

Financial management

Advanced quantitative analyses


Selected Publications:

Curran, M. A., Li, X., Barnett, M., Kopystynska, O. Chandler, A., LeBaron, A. (2021). Finances, depressive symptoms, destructive conflict, and coparenting among lower-income, unmarried couples: A two-wave, cross-lagged analysis. Journal of Family Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000821 (co-first author)


Li. X., Kuelz, A., Boyd, S., August, K., Markey, C., & Butler, E. A. (2021). Exploring psychological linkage in same-sex male couples. Frontier in Psychology, 11, Article 619255. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.619255


Cao, H., Ma, R., Li, X., Liang, Y., Wu, Q., Chi, P., Li, J., & Zhou, N. (2020). Childhood emotional maltreatment and adulthood romantic relationship well-being: A multi-level, meta-analytic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838020975895


Li, X., Cao, H., Curran, M. A., Fang, X., & Zhou, N. (2020). Traditional gender ideology, work-family conflict, marital quality among Chinese dual-earner couples: A moderated mediation model. Sex Roles, 83, 622-635. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01125-1


Li, X., Curran, M. A., LeBaron, A.B., Serido, J., & Shim, S. (2020). Romantic attachment orientations, financial behaviors, and life outcomes among young adults: A mediating analysis of a college cohort. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 41, 658-671. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10834-020-09664-1 (The Best Family Financial Wellbeing Paper Award at National Councils on Family Relations)


Zhou, N., Li, X., Cao, H., Liang, Y., & Buehler, C. (2020). Interparental hostility interacts with interparental cooperative conflict to predict adolescent social competence through parent-child hostility. Family Process. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12606


Cao, H., Zhou, N., Fine, M., Li, X., & Fang, X. (2019). Sexual satisfaction and marital satisfaction during the early years of Chinese marriage: A three-wave, cross-lagged, actor-partner interdependence model. The Journal of Sex Research, 56, 391-407. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2018.1463503


Li, X., Cao, H., Lan, J., Ju, X., Zheng, Y., Chen, Y., Zhou, N. & Fang, X. (2019). The association between transition pattern of marital conflict resolution styles and marital quality trajectory during the early years of Chinese marriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships36, 153-186. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407517721380


Li, X., Cao, H., Zhou, N., & Mills-Koonce, R. (2019). Internalized homophobia and relationship quality among same-sex couples: The mediating role of intimate partner violence. Journal of Homosexuality. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1705671


Li, X., Curran, M., Paschall, K., Barnett, M., & Kopystynska, O. (2019). Pregnancy intentions and family functioning among low-income, unmarried couples: Person-centered analyses. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 830-840. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000547


Li, X., Curran, M. A., Zhou, N., Serido, J., Shim, S., & Cao, H. (2019). Financial behaviors and adult identity: Mediating analyses of a college cohort. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 64, Article101419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2019.101049


Cao, H., Li, X., Chi, P., Du, H., Wu, Q., Liang, Y., & Zhou, N. (2019). Within‐couple configuration of gender‐related attitudes and its association with marital satisfaction in Chinese marriage: A dyadic, pattern-analytic approach. Journal of Personality, 87, 1189-1205. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12467


Li, X., Cao, H., Zhou, N., Ju, X., Lan, J., Zhu, Q., & Fang, X. (2018). Daily communication, conflict resolution, and marital quality in Chinese marriage: A three-wave, cross-lagged analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 733-742. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000430


Lan, J., Li, X., Cao, H., Zhou, N., Lin, X., Deng, L., & Fang, X. (2017). Inequity of sacrifice and marital satisfaction in Chinese young couples. Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 169-192. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12153


Li, X., Fang, X., Ju, X., Lan, J., Chen, Y., & Zheng, Y. (2016). Effects of conflict resolution and daily communication on predicting marital quality of newlyweds. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 24, 13-16. https://doi.org/10.16128/j.cnki.1005-3611.2016.01.003. (In Chinese)


Current Research Projects


  1. Validating Money Management Measures in Hong Kong: A Pilot Study Based on Young Adults (Funded by Hong Kong Polytechnic University New Recruit Startup Grant, 2021)



Professional & Community Service:

Associate Editor, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships


Editorial Board member, Journal of Family and Economic Issues


Ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Revista Colombiana de Psicologia, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Journal of Marriage & Family Therapy, Sex Roles, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, BMC Geriatrics, Family Relations, Social Science Research