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An Examination of Serial Arguing and Marital Satisfaction in Premarital Cohabiters and Direct Marriers

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Date Issued:
2016
Abstract/Description:
Negative communication behaviors that occur prior to marriage often continue into marriage without proper intervention (i.e. marriage counseling). One such communication behavior is the serial argument (i.e. an argument that occurs and reoccurs over time). The topics that married couples argue about offer a unique insight to the health of one's relationship. The present study examined differences between 124 individuals, 93 who cohabited with their spouse prior to marriage and 31 who did not, in both the topics and frequency of serial arguments and overall martial satisfaction. The results indicated that there was no difference in frequency (number of topics, within each topic, overall frequency) of serial arguments between both groups. However, individuals who did not live with their spouse prior to marriage experienced lower levels of marital satisfaction when engaged in conflict regarding certain topics than did premarital cohabiters.
Title: An Examination of Serial Arguing and Marital Satisfaction in Premarital Cohabiters and Direct Marriers.
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Name(s): Reymann, Rachel, Author
Weger, Harry, Committee Chair
Hastings, Sally, Committee Member
Neuberger, Lindsay, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Negative communication behaviors that occur prior to marriage often continue into marriage without proper intervention (i.e. marriage counseling). One such communication behavior is the serial argument (i.e. an argument that occurs and reoccurs over time). The topics that married couples argue about offer a unique insight to the health of one's relationship. The present study examined differences between 124 individuals, 93 who cohabited with their spouse prior to marriage and 31 who did not, in both the topics and frequency of serial arguments and overall martial satisfaction. The results indicated that there was no difference in frequency (number of topics, within each topic, overall frequency) of serial arguments between both groups. However, individuals who did not live with their spouse prior to marriage experienced lower levels of marital satisfaction when engaged in conflict regarding certain topics than did premarital cohabiters.
Identifier: CFE0006167 (IID), ucf:51154 (fedora)
Note(s): 2016-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Communication
Masters
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Subject(s): Serial Arguments -- Premarital Cohabitation -- Marital Satisfaction -- Communication -- Conflict -- Marriage
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006167
Restrictions on Access: public 2016-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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