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A swiss replication of Gottman's couple typology


Bodenmann, Guy; Gottman, J M; Backman, H (1997). A swiss replication of Gottman's couple typology. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 56(4):205-216.

Abstract

This article addresses the question as to whether it is possible to replicate the findings concerning the different types of satisfied couples proposed by Gottman (1994a). Gottman has, based upon empirical analysis, proposed that five types of couples exist: validator, volatile, avoider, hostile and hostile-detached couples. Although this typology is in itself highly interesting, what is even more intriguing is his argumentation that not only validator couples, but also volatile and avoider couples, demonstrate high marital satisfaction and stability over time. Consequently, we have attempted to replicate his findings concerning the group of satisfied couples in a cross sectional design using a sample of 40 couples. The group of hostile and hostile-detached couples were not investigated. The dependent measures used were marital satisfaction, the quality of marital communication and dyadic coping. In general, our data support the findings of Gottman and reveal that the typology suggested by this author also proves reliable in the context of European culture. In addition, we were able to uncover interesting differences between the diverse types of satisfied couples proposed in regard to communication and dyadic stress management.

Abstract

This article addresses the question as to whether it is possible to replicate the findings concerning the different types of satisfied couples proposed by Gottman (1994a). Gottman has, based upon empirical analysis, proposed that five types of couples exist: validator, volatile, avoider, hostile and hostile-detached couples. Although this typology is in itself highly interesting, what is even more intriguing is his argumentation that not only validator couples, but also volatile and avoider couples, demonstrate high marital satisfaction and stability over time. Consequently, we have attempted to replicate his findings concerning the group of satisfied couples in a cross sectional design using a sample of 40 couples. The group of hostile and hostile-detached couples were not investigated. The dependent measures used were marital satisfaction, the quality of marital communication and dyadic coping. In general, our data support the findings of Gottman and reveal that the typology suggested by this author also proves reliable in the context of European culture. In addition, we were able to uncover interesting differences between the diverse types of satisfied couples proposed in regard to communication and dyadic stress management.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:1997
Deposited On:27 Jul 2012 09:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:54
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1421-0185

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