Couples’ depression and relationship satisfaction: examining the moderating effects of demand/withdraw communication patterns
couples, depression, relationship satisfaction, demand/withdraw
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Li, Pei-Fen and Johnson, Lee N., "Couples’ depression and relationship satisfaction: examining the moderating effects of demand/withdraw communication patterns" (2016). Faculty Publications. 4052.
Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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