Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2000

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Carolyn E. Cutrona

Abstract

This study examined the predictive utility of two observational measurement methods for examining marital social support. Eighty-two married couples completed self-report measures, and 10 minute videotaped supportive interactions. The interactions were designed to elicit discussion of current problems that were outside the couple's marital relationship. The first method of measurement was a macro-observational method---the Iowa Family Interaction Rating Scales (IFIRS: Melby et al., 1993), based on global ratings of the couples' interactions that fit descriptions of listener responsiveness, warmth, and hostility. The second method was a micro-observational method---the Social Support Behavior Code (SSBC: Suhr, 1990; Cutrona & Suhr, 1992, 1994), based on frequency counts of six types of social support. These six types were: emotional support esteem support, information support, tangible support, attentiveness, and negative behaviors. Results were that the micro codes tended to produce the best results, except when predicting husbands' post-interaction mood.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-13958

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Krista Kay Krebs

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9977333

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

75 pages

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