Perceived and actual discriminators of conflict from accord in marital communication
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.
Resick, PA; Barr, PK; Sweet, JJ; Kieffer, DM; Ruby, NL; Spiegel, DK
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