10. Demand–Withdraw Communication in Couples

  1. Patricia Noller3 and
  2. Gery C. Karantzas4
  1. Kathleen A. Eldridge1 and
  2. Brian Baucom2

Published Online: 23 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch10

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships

How to Cite

Eldridge, K. A. and Baucom, B. (2012) Demand–Withdraw Communication in Couples, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships (eds P. Noller and G. C. Karantzas), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354119.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Queensland, 4072, Australia

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263, United States, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, SGM 501, 3620 South McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-1061, United States, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334500

Online ISBN: 9781444354119



  • demand–withdraw communication in couples;
  • demand–withdraw interaction pattern, demanding behavior in one partner;
  • demand–withdraw communication, therapy-seeking couples;
  • heterosexual relationships, male-demand/female-withdraw;
  • demand–withdraw and social structure, conflict structure, multiple goals;
  • distal context, individual, relational, cultural variables;
  • conflict structures, some exacerbating a gender-stereotyped pattern;
  • same-sex relationship satisfaction, inversely associated with demand–withdraw;
  • treatment responsiveness, in demand–withdraw and relationship distress;
  • examining treatment responsiveness and refining existing therapies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Replicated Findings

  • Theories

  • The Proximal and Distal Context of Demand-Withdraw Communication

  • Immediate and Long-term Consequences of Demand-Withdraw Communication

  • Treatment Responsiveness

  • Future Research Directions

  • Conclusion

  • References