Perceived and actual discriminators of conflict from accord in marital communication


Journal Article

The purpose of the study was to determine if empirically derived dependent variables could be used to differentiate typical conflict and accord discussions in a within-couples design. In Part I, 180 undergraduates selected behavioral cues most indicative of conflict. The most frequently cited behaviors were used as dependent variables in Part 1L Nineteen couples engaged in conflict and accord discussions on topics rated prior to and following discussions. Of seven dependent variables coded, four significantly discriminated conflict from accord discussions. Discriminators were volume, criticism, disagreement and sarcasm. Three variables which did not differentiate topics were swearing, rate of speech and gestures. © 1981 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Resick, PA; Barr, PK; Sweet, JJ; Kieffer, DM; Ruby, NL; Spiegel, DK

Published Date

  • January 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 58 - 68

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0192-6187

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01926188108250386

Citation Source

  • Scopus