Stress communication, communication satisfaction, and relationship satisfaction: an actor-partner interdependence mediation model

Ting Hin LEE, Ting Kin NG*

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Abstract

Past research has revealed positive effects of stress communication by oneself and by the partner on relationship satisfaction. However, the mechanisms through which stress communication by oneself and by the partner influence relationship satisfaction have not been well studied. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of one’s own and the partner’s stress communication on relationship satisfaction and the mediating roles of one’s own and the partner’s communication satisfaction in these associations. A total of 227 unmarried heterosexual couples were recruited. An actor-partner interdependence mediation model was used to examine the hypothesized relationships. The results showed that the actor effects of stress communication on relationship satisfaction were mediated by the actor effects of communication satisfaction. Moreover, the indirect effect of male stress communication on female relationship satisfaction through female communication satisfaction was found to be significant. These findings provide insights into the mechanism through which stress communication influences relationship satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • Stress communication
  • communication satisfaction
  • relationship satisfaction
  • dyadic coping

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