AN ANALYSIS OF VERBAL COMMUNICATION PATTERNS IN HIGH AND LOW MARITAL ADJUSTMENT GROUPS

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  • STELLA TING-TOOMEY

    1. Stella Ting-Toomey (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1981) is assistant professor of communication at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903.
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Abstract

A 12-category coding system, the Intimate Negotiation Coding System (INCS), was used to analyze the verbal sequential processes of high marital adjustment couples and low marital adjustment couples. The results of Markov chain and Lag sequential analyses indicated that high marital adjustment interaction is primarily characterized by significant sequential patterns of confirming, socioemotional description, and instrumental questioning strategies. The low marital adjustment interaction is mainly characterized by unique reciprocal patterns of confront confront, confront defend, complain defend, and defend complain verbal interacts. It was also found that the verbal negotiation processes of low-adjusted marital couples are more highly structured or patterned (up to Lag 10) than the sequential interaction of high-adjusted marital couples.

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