The Role of Family Verbal Aggression and Taking Conflict Personally in Romantic Relationship Complaint Avoidance

Lindsey S. Aloia, Timothy Worley

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This study examined complaint avoidance in adult romantic relationships as a function of both exposure to family verbal aggression in childhood and taking conflict personally. Four hundred thirty-seven college students completed measures assessing their histories of family verbal aggression, complaint avoidance behaviors, and tendencies to take conflict personally. Results indicated that a history of family verbal aggression and three components of taking conflict personally, namely positive relational effects, negative relational effects, and like/dislike valence, were negatively associated with complaint avoidance. In addition, a history of family verbal aggression was positively associated with positive relational effects, negative relational effects, and like/dislike valence. The relationship between a history of family verbal aggression and complaint avoidance, however, was not mediated by taking conflict personally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-207
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Studies
Volume70
Issue number2
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StatePublished - Mar 15 2019

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