Couples’ Anger Dynamics during Conflict: Interpersonal Anger Regulation, Relationship Satisfaction, and Intimate Partner Violence

Amy M. Slep, Richard E. Heyman, Michael F. Lorber, Stacey S. Tiberio, Katherine L. Casillas

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Abstract

We tested hypotheses about moment-to-moment interpersonal influences on anger during couples’ conflict, and the association of those anger dynamics with relationship satisfaction and intimate partner violence (IPV). Displayed anger was coded from laboratory observations of cohabiting couples (N = 197); experienced anger was assessed via a video-recall procedure. Credible, but variable, associations were found in which a person’s anger display at one moment was linked to change in the partner’s anger display and experience in the next moment. Women’s anger experience was more strongly influenced by men’s anger displays in couples with higher levels of IPV and couples with lower levels of relationship satisfaction. The displayed anger of men who perpetrated higher levels of IPV was more strongly influenced by women’s anger displays. Overall, when individuals displayed higher intensity anger, partners reacted with increasingly angry feelings but decreasingly angry displays. Results suggest that anger dynamics relate to dyadic processes and that dynamics relate to important relationship outcomes. Dyadic anger dynamics might prove a worthy intervention target.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Process
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Anger regulation
  • Conflict dynamics
  • Emotion regulation
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Time series

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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