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ERIC Number: ED401584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-20
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Building Little Communities: Relational Communication and Early Parenthood in Two Young Couples.
LeBlanc, H. Paul, III
The communication patterns of young married couples may affect the satisfaction and longevity of the relationship. A study examined two young married couples who reported about their relationship with each other. Each couple was interviewed together, and then each member of each couple completed a questionnaire based on the ICPS Family Functioning Scale and selected a descriptor for the marital type which he/she believed best describes the marriage. Several themes and patterns emerged: both couples reported high levels of intimacy and interdependence; interdependence was also demonstrated in the interaction between relational partners in the co-construction of answers to the interview. Both couples reported a tendency not to triangulate parents or children into marital conflicts. Both couples reported high levels of similarity in likes and attitudes, and both couples exhibited characteristics of traditional and independent marital types. Future studies may consider applying analysis to conversational data inherent in the interview process. Given the findings of this study, combinations of research methods seem plausible and warranted in studies on family communication. The measures combined with the interviewing procedures seem to work well as a form of methodological triangulation. It is hoped that the methodology employed here can be utilized in further studies of relational communication. (Contains 3 notes and 26 references; ICPS Family Functioning Scale is appended, as are ideologies/beliefs about marriage questionnaire, relational communication interview protocol, and a table of data.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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