Components of Integrative Communication During Arguing: Implications for Stress Symptoms

Rachel M. Reznik, Michael Elwood Roloff, Courtney Waite Miller

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Abstract

Serial arguing is positively related to stress-related health problems. Research also demonstrates that using constructive forms of conflict management such as integrative tactics is positively related to self-reported stress after an episode of serial arguing (Reznik, Roloff, & Miller, 2010). Constructive communication may facilitate both conflict management and relational well-being. However, the present study focuses on why constructive communication may be stressful to enact and whether all forms of it are stressful. Using cognitive depletion theory as a guide, we conducted a survey of 167 individuals who were or are in dating relationships and found that problem-solving is indirectly and positively related to health symptoms and avoidance stress. Active listening is indirectly and negatively related to health symptoms and avoidance stress. Self-expression is indirectly and negatively, but not significantly, related to health symptoms and stress.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-158
Number of pages17
JournalArgumentation and Advocacy
Volume48
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2 2012

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