Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Carolyn E. Cutrona
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.
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Krista Kay Krebs
Krebs, Krista Kay, "Comparison of macro and micro observational methods for measuring marital social support " (2000). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 12694.