Dyadic power, marital status, face concerns, and politeness in the context of relational complaining

Timothy R. Worley, Jennifer A. Samp

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This study examined the role of dyadic power, marital status, and face concerns in shaping the politeness strategies dating and married partners use to express complaints toward one another. Two hundred sixty-one romantically involved individuals completed a survey through Amazon Mechanical Turk. Power was a more salient predictor of politeness strategies for dating than for married individuals, and concern for partners’ face (but not one’s own) mediated several of the associations between power and complaint strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1367-1391
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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