Relational Turbulence and Openness to Social Network Support for Marital Conflicts

Kellie St Cyr Brisini, Denise Haunani Solomon, Xi Tian

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This paper examines associations between relational turbulence, whether people talk about marital conflicts with their close social network members, and defensive processing of hypothetical support messages. Married adults (N = 479) identified a disagreement within their marriage and indicated whether they discussed the disagreement with a social network member. Those who did (n = 292), evaluated a hypothetical support message and completed measures assessing defensive processing. Relational turbulence was not significantly associated with disclosure about marital conflicts, but it was positively associated with counterarguing, source derogation, and negative affect, which in turn, were negatively associated with evaluations of support quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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