ERIC Number: ED054497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Subtle Interactive Cues in Newlyweds.
Beier, Ernst G.; Sternberg, Daniel P.
An analysis of the extraverbal communication processes in newlywed couples is described. The aim of the research was to discover whether certain extraverbal communications are related to happiness in a marriage and, eventually, to its duration. Among specific significant findings with regard to behavior ratings were: (1) chair distance was negatively related to other-touching, indicating that the closer the couple sat together, the more likely it was that they also used gestures touching each other and were touching for longer periods of time; (2) eye contact was the variable which correlated best with all the other behavioral ratings; (3) open position of arms was unrelated to open position of legs (open position of arms appeared to be more related to interpersonal closeness than open position of legs); and (4) if a person lists a topic of conflict, he means to say it is also a source of unhappiness to him. The authors conclude that they demonstrated that self ratings of marital happiness show a clear relationship to the use of subtle cues, such as eye contact and touching, which indicated personal closeness. (Author/TA)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.