Conflict, negative emotion, and reports of partners' relationship maintenance in same-sex couples

Brian Gabriel Ogolsky, Christine R. Gray

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The literature on relationship maintenance has focused primarily on the beneficial outcomes of maintenance, and, as a result, little is known about relational processes that may interfere with reports of partners' maintenance. The authors examine how daily conflict influences individuals' reports of their partners' maintenance, and how a constructive communication style buffers this influence by reducing negative emotion on conflict days. In a daily diary study of 98 same-sex couples in romantic relationships, they found that the negative association between conflict and reports of a partner's relationship maintenance was mediated by negative emotion. That is, there was an indirect effect by which daily conflict was associated with higher levels of daily negative emotion, which was associated with reports of lower levels of partners' relationship maintenance. This indirect effect was moderated by couples' overall level of constructive communication such that higher levels diminished the degree to which couples experienced negative emotion on days with episodes of relational conflict. The authors discuss results in the context of interpersonal theory and provide implications for clinicians and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Fingerprint

Emotions
Maintenance
Communication
Buffers
Conflict (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Constructive communication
  • Couples
  • Negative emotion
  • Relationship maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

Cite this

Conflict, negative emotion, and reports of partners' relationship maintenance in same-sex couples. / Ogolsky, Brian Gabriel; Gray, Christine R.

In: Journal of Family Psychology, Vol. 30, No. 2, 01.03.2016, p. 171-180.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{bff6d9a7b1c84130b7efc7910e9a3597,
title = "Conflict, negative emotion, and reports of partners' relationship maintenance in same-sex couples",
abstract = "The literature on relationship maintenance has focused primarily on the beneficial outcomes of maintenance, and, as a result, little is known about relational processes that may interfere with reports of partners' maintenance. The authors examine how daily conflict influences individuals' reports of their partners' maintenance, and how a constructive communication style buffers this influence by reducing negative emotion on conflict days. In a daily diary study of 98 same-sex couples in romantic relationships, they found that the negative association between conflict and reports of a partner's relationship maintenance was mediated by negative emotion. That is, there was an indirect effect by which daily conflict was associated with higher levels of daily negative emotion, which was associated with reports of lower levels of partners' relationship maintenance. This indirect effect was moderated by couples' overall level of constructive communication such that higher levels diminished the degree to which couples experienced negative emotion on days with episodes of relational conflict. The authors discuss results in the context of interpersonal theory and provide implications for clinicians and practitioners.",
keywords = "Conflict, Constructive communication, Couples, Negative emotion, Relationship maintenance",
author = "Ogolsky, {Brian Gabriel} and Gray, {Christine R.}",
year = "2016",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1037/fam0000148",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "30",
pages = "171--180",
journal = "Journal of Family Psychology",
issn = "0893-3200",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Conflict, negative emotion, and reports of partners' relationship maintenance in same-sex couples

AU - Ogolsky, Brian Gabriel

AU - Gray, Christine R.

PY - 2016/3/1

Y1 - 2016/3/1

N2 - The literature on relationship maintenance has focused primarily on the beneficial outcomes of maintenance, and, as a result, little is known about relational processes that may interfere with reports of partners' maintenance. The authors examine how daily conflict influences individuals' reports of their partners' maintenance, and how a constructive communication style buffers this influence by reducing negative emotion on conflict days. In a daily diary study of 98 same-sex couples in romantic relationships, they found that the negative association between conflict and reports of a partner's relationship maintenance was mediated by negative emotion. That is, there was an indirect effect by which daily conflict was associated with higher levels of daily negative emotion, which was associated with reports of lower levels of partners' relationship maintenance. This indirect effect was moderated by couples' overall level of constructive communication such that higher levels diminished the degree to which couples experienced negative emotion on days with episodes of relational conflict. The authors discuss results in the context of interpersonal theory and provide implications for clinicians and practitioners.

AB - The literature on relationship maintenance has focused primarily on the beneficial outcomes of maintenance, and, as a result, little is known about relational processes that may interfere with reports of partners' maintenance. The authors examine how daily conflict influences individuals' reports of their partners' maintenance, and how a constructive communication style buffers this influence by reducing negative emotion on conflict days. In a daily diary study of 98 same-sex couples in romantic relationships, they found that the negative association between conflict and reports of a partner's relationship maintenance was mediated by negative emotion. That is, there was an indirect effect by which daily conflict was associated with higher levels of daily negative emotion, which was associated with reports of lower levels of partners' relationship maintenance. This indirect effect was moderated by couples' overall level of constructive communication such that higher levels diminished the degree to which couples experienced negative emotion on days with episodes of relational conflict. The authors discuss results in the context of interpersonal theory and provide implications for clinicians and practitioners.

KW - Conflict

KW - Constructive communication

KW - Couples

KW - Negative emotion

KW - Relationship maintenance

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84940475659&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84940475659&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/fam0000148

DO - 10.1037/fam0000148

M3 - Article

VL - 30

SP - 171

EP - 180

JO - Journal of Family Psychology

JF - Journal of Family Psychology

SN - 0893-3200

IS - 2

ER -