Marital communication refers to the verbal and nonverbal communication between spouses. Marital communication has been studied most widely in the context of heterosexual relationships. Most frequently, communication behaviors in relationships are studied in terms of how they are associated with relationship satisfaction, with comparisons being made between the communication behaviors of satisfied couples and the communication behaviors of dissatisfied couples.
Satisfaction with one’s marital relationship is one of the most important variables associated with the quality of one’s life, contributing more to global happiness for most adults than satisfaction with work, finances, friendships, other family relationships, and health (Glenn & Weaver, 1981). One of the variables that is most often examined for its relationship to marital satisfaction is...
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Doohan, EA.M. (2014). Marital Communication. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1728
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