Title

Couples’ depression and relationship satisfaction: examining the moderating effects of demand/withdraw communication patterns

Keywords

couples, depression, relationship satisfaction, demand/withdraw

Abstract

This study used systemic perspectives and actor and partner interdependence model to examine actor and partner effects of depression on couples’ relationship satisfaction in sixty‐three clinical couples. We also examined if a demand/withdraw communication pattern served a unique communication context that modified the impacts of depression on relationship satisfaction. Couples participated in a treatment‐as‐usual situation. The results showed that male depression had a negative impact on female relationship satisfaction. Males and females had different perceptions of male demand/female withdraw behaviours and it created different influences on each partner's depression in relation to relationship satisfaction.

Original Publication Citation

Li, P.‐F. and Johnson, L.N. (2018), Couples’ depression and relationship satisfaction: examining the moderating effects of demand/withdraw communication patterns. Journal of Family Therapy, 40: S63-S85.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-06-24

Publisher

Journal of Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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