Relationship partners have shared scripts for conversations about the relationship: A replication and extension

Published on Oct 1, 2015in Family Science
· DOI :10.1080/19424620.2015.1082011
Linda K. Acitelli23
Estimated H-index: 23
(UH: University of Houston),
Robert E. Wickham15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Palo Alto University)
+ 1 AuthorsMai-Ly N. Steers9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UH: University of Houston)
The first experimental study of relationship talk (N = 42 couples) showed that when couples read stories about spouses who talked to each other about their relationships, such talk had different outcomes for the spouses, depending on the context and which partner was speaking. We replicated and improved upon this study in a number of ways (e.g. sample size and composition, new dependent variable, more standardized materials, more sophisticated and appropriate statistical techniques). Findings were almost identical to those of the earlier study including three-way interactions. Results (N = 238 couples) showed that when spouses talked about their relationship with each other, they were seen to have more positive outcomes, including closeness, than when they did not talk about their relationship. Further, relationship talk appeared to be especially positive in conflictive situations, but the effects of such talk were much weaker in pleasant situations. These findings were conceptualized as evidence of share...
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