The longitudinal impact of demand and withdrawal during marital conflict

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1995 Oct;63(5):797-801. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.63.5.797.


Forty-eight couples completed a measure of relationship satisfaction and participated in 2 video-taped problem-solving interactions, 1 focused on an issue identified by the woman and 1 focused on an issue identified by the man. Thirty-six men and 36 women completed the satisfaction measure again 2.5 years later. Demandingness, and to a lesser extent withdrawal, during the interactions showed many significant associations with both Time 1 and Time 2 satisfaction. The relationship of demandingness and withdrawal to change in satisfaction was also examined using both change scores and partial correlations. Withdrawal by men and woman demand-man withdraw during discussions of issues identified by the women reliably predicted change (decline) in wives' relationship satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Personality Inventory
  • Problem Solving*