Social support, conflict, and the development of marital dysfunction.

  title={Social support, conflict, and the development of marital dysfunction.},
  author={Lauri A. Pasch and Thomas N. Bradbury},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  volume={66 2},
  • L. Pasch, T. Bradbury
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • Psychology
  • Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
How spouses help each other contend with personal difficulties is an unexplored but potentially important domain for understanding how marital distress develops. Newly married couples participated in 2 interaction tasks: a problem-solving task in which spouses discussed a marital conflict and a social support task in which spouses discussed personal, nonmarital difficulties. Observational coding of these interactions showed that wives' support solicitation and provision behaviors predicted… 
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