ERIC Number: ED194824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Sequential Patterns of Behavior Control in Marital Interaction.
Douglas, Mary Ann
Interpersonal interaction in intimate relationships must be viewed as a function of the context within which it occurs. A contextual model of interaction was studied along the dimensions of conflict and intimacy. Subjects were married couples, who individually discussed conflict and nonconflict issues of high-level or low-level intimacy. Patterns of sequential interaction were analyzed as a function of the contextual dimension in which they occurred. Data analysis revealed several patterns of sequential interaction that were functionally related to various contextual configurations. Contextual analysis of interaction could be expanded to include not only perceptual, attributional, and environmental antecedents of behavior, but also previous behavior within the interactional stream; specific behavior could be considered a context for further behavior. Treatment of dysfunctional marital or family relationships based on a contextual model could target intervention toward specific behavioral changes, rather than toward global improvements in the relationship. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (52nd, St. Louis, MO, May 1-3, 1980).