Couple communication and female problem drinking: A behavioral observation study

Kelly, Adrian B., Halford, W. Kim and Young, Ross M. (2002) Couple communication and female problem drinking: A behavioral observation study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16 3: 269-271. doi:10.1037//0893-164X.16.3.269

Author Kelly, Adrian B.
Halford, W. Kim
Young, Ross M.
Title Couple communication and female problem drinking: A behavioral observation study
Journal name Psychology of Addictive Behaviors   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0893-164X
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037//0893-164X.16.3.269
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 269
End page 271
Total pages 3
Place of publication Washington DC
Publisher Educational Publishing Foundation
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
730211 Mental health
321021 Psychiatry
Abstract Couples with alcohol and relationship problems often report poor communication, yet little is known about the communication of maritally distressed couples in which the woman abuses alcohol (MDWA couples). Compared with maritally distressed couples without alcohol problems (MDNA) and couples with neither problem (NDNA), MDWA couples showed a distinctive pattern of negative communication. Similar to MDNA men, MDWA men spoke negatively to their partners but listened positively to their partners much like NDNA men. MDWA women listened negatively, much as MDNA women did, but spoke positively, like NDNA women did. The interactions of MDWA couples can be characterized as a male-demand-female-withdraw pattern, which is a gender reversal of the female-demand-male-withdraw pattern often observed in MDNA couples.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1

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