Gender and social structure in the demand/withdraw pattern of marital conflict.

@article{Christensen1990GenderAS,
  title={Gender and social structure in the demand/withdraw pattern of marital conflict.},
  author={Andrew Christensen and Christopher L. Heavey},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1990},
  volume={59 1},
  pages={73-81}
}
This study examined the effects of gender and social structure on the demand/withdraw pattern of marital conflict. In this pattern, the demander, usually the woman, pressures the other through emotional requests, criticism, and complaints, and the withdrawer, usually the man, retreats through defensiveness and passive inaction. In this study, 31 couples were assessed in 2 conflict situations: 1 in which husband wanted a change in wife and 1 in which wife wanted a change in husband. Data from… CONTINUE READING
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