A multiple goals perspective on topic avoidance and relationship satisfaction in the context of breast cancer

Erin Donovan-Kicken, John P. Caughlin

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Abstract

Using a multiple goals perspective on interpersonal communication as a theoretical framework, this study examined the circumstances under which topic avoidance might predict lower relationship satisfaction among women coping with breast cancer. Results gathered from questionnaire responses of women who had recently undergone treatment for breast cancer (N=140) indicated that the association between topic avoidance and relationship satisfaction was moderated by patients' own reasons for avoidance, and by perceptions of partners' reasons for avoidance. The findings of this study contribute to recent scholarship suggesting the importance of considering the motivations for and interpretations of topic avoidance in order to better understand how patterns of topic avoidance predict relational wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-256
Number of pages26
JournalCommunication Monographs
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Coping
  • Marriage
  • Satisfaction
  • Topic avoidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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