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ERIC Number: EJ938757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0360-3989
Confirmation in Couples' Communication about Weight Management: An Analysis of How Both Partners Contribute to Individuals' Health Behaviors and Conversational Outcomes
Dailey, Rene M.; Romo, Lynsey Kluever; Thompson, Charee Mooney
Human Communication Research, v37 n4 p553-582 Oct 2011
Using confirmation theory, this study investigated how romantic couples' (N = 100) accepting and challenging communication was associated with several weight management (WM) outcomes (i.e., partners' general effectiveness in motivating each other to enact healthy behaviors, productivity of WM conversations, and diet and exercise behaviors). Actor-partner interdependence model analyses showed that acceptance and challenge from partners simultaneously predicted how effective partners were in motivating healthy behaviors, but these components of confirmation predicted the other outcomes in different ways. Analyses across the outcomes also revealed that similar partner communication styles predicted general effectiveness, more productive WM conversations, and healthier eating habits. The findings of this study highlight the importance of assessing the interdependence of partners' WM efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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