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Communication Errors/Problems in Couples and Families

Communication errors often lead to conflicts in couples and families, or they can exacerbate existing conflicts. Conflict management, or the ways in which family members deal with conflict, can be negatively impacted by communication errors and problems that impede possibilities for conflict resolution and relationship repair. Relationship outcomes for romantic partnerships are consistently linked with the ways in which the couple communicate with one another. Specifically, as it relates to conflict, communication between romantic partners predicts the satisfaction and stability of the relationship. This is particularly important when couples have children, as they learn communication from their families of origin. What this means is that children learn how to communicate on the basis of observing and interacting with family members; generally, the way that parents ...

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