Mindfulness, Conflict Strategy Use, and Relational Satisfaction: a Dyadic Investigation

Jacquelyn Harvey, John Crowley, Alesia Woszidlo

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Abstract

Research suggests that the capacity to be mindful is positively associated with constructive conflict strategy use and negatively associated with destructive conflict strategy use when individuals experience disagreement with a romantic partner. Conflict interactions are inherently dyadic however, signifying the importance of investigating whether a person’s own capacity for mindfulness is associated with their partner’s choice of conflict strategy. This exploratory study investigated whether individual’s mindful awareness had an association with partner conflict strategy use for 169 heterosexual couples. We assessed couple member’s mindfulness, conflict strategy use, and relational satisfaction. Actor-partner interdependence models (APIM) suggested that male mindfulness positively predicted their likelihood of compromising during conflict. Male mindfulness was also positively associated with female relationship satisfaction. Female mindfulness, on the other hand, predicted a lower likelihood of male dominance and reactivity during conflict. Actor-partner mediation models (APIMeM) suggested significant actor-actor effects such that mindfulness was positively associated with one’s own use of compromise, which in turn positively predicted one’s own relationship satisfaction. In addition, female mindfulness predicted lower male reactivity, which predicted higher male satisfaction. Implications and future research are discussed from a dyadic perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)749-758
Number of pages10
JournalMindfulness
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2019

Keywords

  • Dyadic data analysis
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Mindfulness
  • Relational satisfaction

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