Couple therapists have long recognized demand–withdraw communication as a common problem among therapy-seeking couples.Although consistent replication is often difficult to achieve in the social sciences, systematic research on the demand–with-draw pattern is unique, as it contains multiple replications that increase confidence in findings. The demand/withdraw pattern of communication as a predictor of marital satisfaction over time: Unresolved issues and future directions. The chilling effect of aggressive potential on the expression of complaints in intimate relationships (pp. Washinggton, DC: American Psychological Association.
These findings raise many implications for understanding the communication behaviors between men and women.
Both partners completed the Relationship Efficacy Measure (Fincham, Harold & Gano-Phillips, 2000) and answered questions on relationship length and satisfaction.