The relationship between communication and marital satisfaction: A review

Joseph P. Boland, Diane R. Follingstad

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This paper provides a comprehensive methodological review of the literature assessing the relationship between marital satisfaction and communication. The investigations vary greatly in the adequacy of their assessment measures and soundness of their research design. Although it is generally concluded that both content and process communication are related to marital satisfaction, replication of the better designs is necessary. Specific findings and their practical implications for both future research and marital therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-313
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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