ERIC Number: ED313606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Development of a Content Coding System for Marital Problem Solving.
Winemiller, David R.; Mitchell, M. Ellen
While much research has focused on the processes of marital problem solving, the content of marital problem solving has received considerably less attention. This study examined the initial efforts to develop a method for assessing marital problem solving content. Married individuals (N=36) completed a demographic information sheet, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), the Relationship Belief Inventory (RBI), the Problem Solving Inventory (PSI), and a problem solving exercise. The problem solving exercise sequentially presented three recorded scenarios depicting a marital disagreement about child management, relationship with inlaws, and sex. After each scenario was played, subjects were asked to develop a set of steps for solving the problem using their own relationship as a guide. The results revealed that none of the content variables correlated significantly with the criterion measure totals (RBI, DAS, and PSI), although significant correlations were found with some of the subscales of the DAS. All of the content variables, except the sum of the relevant mean codes for the sex scenario, significantly negatively correlated with the Dyadic Satisfaction subscale of the DAS. The sum of the relevant mean codes for the child management scenario was also negatively correlated with the Affective Expression subscale of the DAS. Multiple regression analyses revealed the content codes to have little in the way of consistent predictive power with respect to the DAS, RBI, and PSI criterion variables. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy (23rd, Washington, DC, November 2-5, 1989).