Relational Uncertainty and Interference from a Partner as Predictors of Demand/Withdraw in Couples with Depressive Symptoms

Amy L. Delaney, Liesel L. Sharabi

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Abstract

This study examines associations between mechanisms of relational turbulence and demand/withdraw in couples with depressive symptoms. One hundred twenty-six couples in which one or both partners were professionally diagnosed with depression completed an online questionnaire. Actor effects appeared for relational uncertainty and interference from a partner. Partner effects were evident for self uncertainty and interference from a partner. The findings illustrate connections between qualities of the relationship and communication behaviors and illuminate interdependence in partners’ experiences. The results have pragmatic value for helping couples with depressive symptoms reduce negative communication patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-78
Number of pages21
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Demand/Withdraw
  • Depression
  • Dyadic Data
  • Relational Turbulence
  • Romantic Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication

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