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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Argumentation and Advocacy|
|State||Published - Feb 2 2012|
Reznik, R. M., Roloff, M. E., & Miller, C. W. (2012). Components of Integrative Communication During Arguing: Implications for Stress Symptoms. Argumentation and Advocacy, 48(3), 142-158. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00028533.2012.11821760?journalCode=rafa20