How stable is marital interaction over time?

  title={How stable is marital interaction over time?},
  author={John Mordechai Gottman and Robert Wayne Levenson},
  journal={Family process},
  volume={38 2},
This is a report of the degree of stability in affective marital interaction over a 4-year period. There were statistically significant levels of stability in overall emotionality, and in positive and negative affect, particularly for wives. There was also stability for specific affects but, except for humor and listener backchannels, these varied with gender. Women were more stable than men in overall negative and positive affect. Men were more stable than women in belligerence, contempt, and… CONTINUE READING

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