Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 91–100 | Cite as

Nonverbal Decoding Skills and Relationship Well-Being in Adults

  • John S. Carton
  • Emily A. Kessler
  • Christina L. Pape


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relation between nonverbal decoding skills and relationship well-being. Sixty college students were administered tests of their abilities to identify the affective meanings in facial expressions and tones of voice. The students also completed self-report measures of relationship well-being and depression. Correlational analyses indicated that errors in decoding facial expressions and tones of voice were associated with less relationship well-being and greater depression. Hierarchical regression revealed that nonverbal decoding accuracy was significantly related to relationship well-being even after controlling for depression.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Carton
    • 1
  • Emily A. Kessler
    • 1
  • Christina L. Pape
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBeloit CollegeUSA

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