ERIC Number: ED197271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Nature of Behavior Control Strategies of Happily Married Couples as a Function of the Interactional Context.
Douglas, Mary Ann
A major problem in the study of marital interaction has been the lack of attention to contextual determinants of differences within couples' behavioral exchanges. To compare spouses' control behaviors in overt and ongoing communication as a function of both conflict and intimacy situational contexts, and to analyze the influence of spouse's role, couples engaged in discussions of conflict and nonconflict issues of high and low intimacy context. Taped interactions were coded by trained observers. The findings demonstrated that the nature of marital behavior control was a function of contextual diversity. Couples' use of behavior control strategies to increase and decrease each other's behavior was influenced in opposite directions by the conflict dimension of the interaction context. Intimacy, in conjunction with conflict, also produced significant differences in the exchanges between partners. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).