Desired change in couples: gender differences and effects on communication.

  title={Desired change in couples: gender differences and effects on communication.},
  author={Richard E. Heyman and Ashley N Hunt-Martorano and Jill Malik and Amy M. Smith Slep},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  volume={23 4},
Using a sample (N = 453) drawn from a representative sampling frame of couples who are married or living together and have a 3 to 7 year-old child, this study investigates (a) the amount and specific areas of change desired by men and women, (b) the relation between relationship adjustment and desired change; and (c) the ways in which partners negotiate change. On the Areas of Change Questionnaire, women compared with men, wanted greater increases in their partners' emotional and companionate… CONTINUE READING