Observational Research of Negative Communication and Self-Reported Relationship Satisfaction
negative communication in couples, relationship satisfaction, self-report assessment
Clinical researchers suggest more real-world types of data are needed to understand negative communication in couples. This study asked, what is the relationship between partners’ reports of relationship satisfaction and frequencies of observed markers of negative communication? Fifty-three clinical and community couples completed self-report assessments and ten-minute discussions of relationship concerns. Data were analyzed using pooled regression to account for both actor and partner effects of relationship quality scores on hostility, distress-maintaining attributions, dysphoric affect, and withdrawal. Results yielded a significant actor female effect for hostility and a significant male-to-female partner effect for distress-maintaining attribution.
Original Publication Citation
Oka, M., Whiting, J. B., & Reifman, A. (2015). Observational research of negative communication and self-reported relationship satisfaction. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 378-391. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2015.1052311
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Oka, Megan; Whiting, Jason B. PhD; and Reifman, Alan, "Observational Research of Negative Communication and Self-Reported Relationship Satisfaction" (2015). Faculty Publications. 2130.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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