Non-Verbal Communication and Marital Satisfaction



    1. Counseling Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. This paper is based on a dissertation completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Psychology at Southern Illinois University. The author is grateful for the guidance and support of Donald Shoemaker, faculty supervisor.
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Twenty-one college couples were identified as maritally satisfied and 21 couples as maritally dissatisfied by the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale. The Marital Communication Scale (MCS), a new behavioral measure of accuracy of marital non-verbal communication, and the Primary Communication Inventory (PCI), a self-report measure, were administered to each couple. The results indicate a relationship between marital satisfaction and accuracy of non-verbal communication as assessed by both measures. The commonality of the two measures was found to be limited, however.