Negative communications in marriage

Noller P. (1985) Negative communications in marriage. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2 3: 289-301. doi:10.1177/0265407585023004

Author Noller P.
Title Negative communications in marriage
Journal name Journal of Social and Personal Relationships   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1460-3608
Publication date 1985-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0265407585023004
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 289
End page 301
Total pages 13
Subject 3315 Communication
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3207 Social Psychology
Abstract This article examines data obtained from the coding of 10-minute videotapes of married couples dicussing their relationships. Each speaker turn was coded as positive, neutral or negative separately for each of the communication channels - verbal, visual, vocal or total. Three different types of negative messages were then isolated: (a) direct negative messages or those that are negative on all channels (verbal, visual and vocal), (b) negative messages with neutral or ambiguous words but negative visual and vocal cues, and (c) negative messages accompanied by smiles. The findings indicated that the preferred mode for sending negative messages was with a smile, irrespective of sex or marital adjustment level. The negative communication of unhappy couples proved to be more direct or intense (i.e. negative on more channels) than those of happy couples, and perhaps more negative than required for conveying the desired message. The vocal channel was found to be the most important channel in negative messages between spouses, since negative messages were coded negative in the vocal channel more frequently than in any other.
Q-Index Code C1
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