Title

The Impact of Texting on Perceptions of Face-to-Face Communication in Couples in Different Relationship Stages

Keywords

assessment of couple relationships, marriage/couple relationship functioning, marriage risk factors

Abstract

The authors examine both actor and partner effects of the use of texting on face-to-face communication behaviors in three groups: dating couples (n = 1,217), engaged couples (n = 2,167), and married couples (n = 1,336). Data were taken from the RELATE project (www.relateinstitute.org). Overall, the more an individual used texting to discuss serious issues, broach confrontational subjects, and apologize, the more conflictual face-to-face communication behaviors existed for both themselves and their partners. Similar partner effects were found. When couples used texting to express affection, the less conflictual face-to-face communication behaviors existed for both partners. Clinical implications will be discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Novak, J.R., Sandberg, J.G., Jeffrey, A., & Young, S. (2016). Impact of texting on perceptions of face to face communication in couples in different relationship stages. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 15(4), 274-294.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-04-27

Publisher

Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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