A descriptive taxonomy of couples’ complaint interactions

J. K. Alberts

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Prior research on couples’ conversational complaints has focused almost exclusively on the types of responses dysfunctional couples manifest; it has failed to provide a complete description of the complaint interaction. This essay offers an overview of couples’ complaint behavior by describing couples’ complaint types, response types, complaint‐response sequencing, and the environment in which such complaining occurs. As well, differences in reported complaint behavior between males and females and between satisfied and dissatisfied couples are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-143
Number of pages19
JournalSouthern Communication Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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