Relational turbulence and openness to social network support for marital conflicts

Kellie St.Cyr Brisini*, Denise Haunani Solomon, Xi Tian

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper examines associations between relational turbulence, whether people talk about marital conflicts with their close social network members, and defensive processing of hypothetical support messages. Married adults (N = 479) identified a disagreement within their marriage and indicated whether they discussed the disagreement with a social network member. Those who did (n = 292), evaluated a hypothetical support message and completed measures assessing defensive processing. Relational turbulence was not significantly associated with disclosure about marital conflicts, but it was positively associated with counterarguing, source derogation, and negative affect, which in turn, were negatively associated with evaluations of support quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-102
Number of pages20
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Issue number1
Early online date9 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Defensive Processing
  • Motivated Reasoning
  • Relational Turbulence
  • Social Support
  • Supportive Communication


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