ERIC Number: ED255821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
Antecedents of Relationship Stability and Adjustment: A 2-1/2 Year Follow-Up.
Filsinger, Erik E.
Longitudinal research has shown that communication deficits (negative interaction) precede the development of relationship distress. To investigate the antecedents of relationship stability and adjustment 31 couples who were seriously considering marriage participated in a longitudinal study. The couples initially completed the Marital Inventories and a problem checklist for their relationship. These ratings were summed to form a problem intensity score. Behavioral measures were obtained from videotapes of the couples discussing a specific problem. The sessions were assigned positive and negative codes using the Dyadic Interaction Scoring Code. Initial behavioral measures, relationship satisfaction and consensus, and problem intensities were compared with relationship stability and adjustment after 2 and 1/2 years. At the end of this time, 25 couples were together and 6 had parted. There were no significant differences between couples who broke up and those who stayed together on positive or negative behavior. For both males and females, dyadic satisfaction at time 1 predicted dyadic adjustment at time 2. Self-reports of satisfaction were superior to behavioral measures as predictors of later relationship adjustment. Neither initial behaviors nor self-reports predicted relationship stability. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Stability (Social Relationships)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).