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Validity of three measures of communication for predicting relationship adjustment and stability among a sample of young couples

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The goal of this study was to examine whether data from 3 different measures of communication (i.e., self-report, quasi-observational, and observational) can predict relationship adjustment and stability 1 year later when used conjointly in a sample of 62 young couples. The 3 measures of communication were the Communication Skills Test-Revised (CST-R), the Communication Box (CB), and the Demand/Withdraw Pattern Questionnaire (DWPQ). Through hierarchical multiple regression analyses, results revealed that the CST-R and the DWPQ predict both genders' relationship adjustment 1 year later when used conjointly. Logistic regression analyses revealed that none of the measures of communication significantly predicted relationship stability. In conclusion, the combination of the CST-R and the DWPQ appears to be useful for longitudinally predicting relationship adjustment.

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Author(s): Guay S, Boisvert JM, Freeston MH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychological Assessment

Year: 2003

Volume: 15

Issue: 3

Pages: 392-398

ISSN (print): 1040-3590

ISSN (electronic): 1939-134X

Publisher: American Psychological Association


DOI: 10.1037/1040-3590.15.3.392


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