Wk. 6, Lect. 1 - Managing Differences Part I

The longitudinal question what behaviors predict the

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The longitudinal  question: What behaviors predict the future outcome of the  relationship?
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Methods:  How to study conflict? Methods:  How to study conflict? Self-reports proved inadequate quickly. Learning to observe couples was key. The typical observational conflict paradigm: Locate happy and unhappy couples. Ask each spouse to identify a topic. Record their discussion for a few minutes. Compare observations of happy and unhappy  couples.
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Observational Coding Observational Coding Deciding what to code Affect vs. verbal content  Non-verbal behavior Sequences Microanalytic vs. global coding Behaviors as choices from a menu Getting reliability is hard.
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So what are unhappy couples  So what are unhappy couples  doing wrong? doing wrong? Unhappy couples are more negative with each  other than happy couples. (No big surprise.) Some subtleties: Kitchen-sinking Self-summarizing Presumptive attributions (i.e., mindreading) Cross-complaining Prescription
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Negative Patterns and Sequences Negative Patterns and Sequences Unhappy couples are more rigid  and predictable . Negative reciprocity Unhappy couples take longer to exit negative exchanges.
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  • Summer '07
  • Kupper
  • Psychology, Interpersonal relationship, Intimate relationship, unhappy couples

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