The Impact of Demand/Withdraw Patterns on Health in Emerging Adults’ Serial Arguments with Parents

Rachel M. Reznik*, Courtney Waite Miller, Michael E. Roloff, Catherine M. Gaze

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Abstract

Reoccurring argumentative episodes are known as serial arguments. Prior research on serial arguing has shown that engaging in demand/withdraw patterns during episodes with a romantic partner is detrimental to one's physical and mental health. This study asked emerging adults to report on a serial argument with their parents. Emerging adult-demand/parent-withdraw was related to a disruption in one's daily activities due to health problems, and this relationship was mediated by the degree to which the participants felt hyperaroused. Contrary to our hypothesis, parent-demand/emerging adult-withdraw also was positively related to a disruption in daily activities. This relationship also was mediated by hyperarousal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

Keywords

  • Demand/Withdraw
  • Hyperarousal
  • Serial Arguing
  • Well-Being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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