ERIC Number: ED334617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Mothers and Their Sons: Everyday Communication as an Indicator and Correlate of Relationship Satisfaction.
Dixson, Marcia D.
A study investigated whether routine, everyday communication in parent-child relationships affects relationship satisfaction as well as how conflict might fit into the relational picture. Fifty-two mothers (38 married and 14 single) with sons 5-14 years of age completed the Iowa Communication Record (ICR) to provide information about routine behaviors and conversations, filling out one ICR per day for 5 days. Subjects also completed the Iowa Routine Inventory Survey at the end of the 5 days. Results showed that relationship satisfaction was highly and positively correlated with both quality of everyday talk and conflict. However, for subjects with high quality communication, the correlation between conflict and relational satisfaction was not significant. Further, there was no significant correlation between any of the measures of quantity of interactions and relational satisfaction. Findings suggest that the quality of routine interaction, especially the quality of talk, is a significant factor in relational satisfaction and that this is important for children's development during the elementary school years. These findings raise questions about the nature and effects of conflict within parent-child relationships. (Eighteen references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (41st, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1991).