This study examined how relational uncertainty and qualities of interdependence within marriages correspond with eight measures of cognitive, emotional, and communicative phenomena. Structural equation modeling evaluated predictions deduced from relational turbulence theory (RTT), which links relational uncertainty to biased cognitions and interference and facilitation from a partner to emotional intensity. A research question focused on associations with indices of communicative engagement. Results provided mixed support for RTT. Relational uncertainty was significantly associated with taking conflict personally and cognitive jealousy as predicted, but it was also associated with emotional jealousy and negative affect and did not predict communicative engagement. Interference from a partner was positively associated with negative affect for women, but not men, and with topic avoidance for men, but not women. Facilitation from a partner was positively associated with the directness of communication about hurt and, for men only, it corresponded with more negative affect and more topic avoidance. Contrary to expectations, facilitation from a partner was positively associated with cognitive jealousy. The discussion highlights implications for future research on relational turbulence in marriage.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science