ERIC Number: ED196062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
A Holistic Description of Transactional Patterns in Marital Dyads: Focus on Redundancy.
Rogers, L. Edna; Millar, Frank E.
Data collected from 161 married couples were analyzed for communication patterns indicative of "domineeringness" and "transactional redundancy" (the degree of randomness contained within a couple's communicative behavior). From this data came the following observations: There is a negative correlation between domineeringness, particularly by the husband, and transactional redundancy. The more "one-up" statements (asserting definitional rights) made by the husband, the more flexible the couple's transactional patterns. High levels of domineeringness or dominance by either spouse caused both members of the dyad to have lower levels of understanding. The more domineering/dominant member exhibited lower levels of understanding than the other member. Transactional redundancy had a negative relation to both message control intensity and distancing movements. A domineering style by either husband or wife suggested a less submissive posture from the other. Couples with equivalent dominance patterns had more flexibility in their interactions, more frequent discussions about who did what when, and more conflict potential in conversations yet more up to date expectations of each other. Couples with increasingly more discrepant dominance structures showed more rigidity in their transactional patterns, less frequent discussions about who did what when, more apparent "harmony" but less accurate and up to date expectations of each other, and greater "rebellion" potential. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).