Presentation Title

An exploratory study on the influence of Relational Dialectics on Communication in Christian-based marriages

Presentation Type

Poster

Keywords

Relational Dialectics, Spirituality, Christianity, Religion, Marriage, Autonomy Connection, Revelation Concealment

Department

Communication

Major

Interpersonal Communication

Abstract

This study addresses the spiritual relationships through which many married couples are influenced. In-depth interviews with two Christian couples examine how the Relational Dialectics of Autonomy-Connection and Revelation-Concealment are manifested in both spiritual and marital relationships. In marriages, children and work often bring separation, while difficult decisions and crises bring closeness. Couples also experienced different personal levels of disclosure, but tend to have similar views on God’s will regarding his revelation or lack thereof. Participants indicated that in early marriage, they had to reconcile differences in their spiritual practices and prayer styles, hinting that dialectics with God influence dialectics in a marriage and vice versa. Low participation and high rejection rates suggest a need to improve recruitment by making the interview process less intimidating or increasing incentive. Yet, this area of study is important and should not be ignored.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Bert Ballard

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 

An exploratory study on the influence of Relational Dialectics on Communication in Christian-based marriages

This study addresses the spiritual relationships through which many married couples are influenced. In-depth interviews with two Christian couples examine how the Relational Dialectics of Autonomy-Connection and Revelation-Concealment are manifested in both spiritual and marital relationships. In marriages, children and work often bring separation, while difficult decisions and crises bring closeness. Couples also experienced different personal levels of disclosure, but tend to have similar views on God’s will regarding his revelation or lack thereof. Participants indicated that in early marriage, they had to reconcile differences in their spiritual practices and prayer styles, hinting that dialectics with God influence dialectics in a marriage and vice versa. Low participation and high rejection rates suggest a need to improve recruitment by making the interview process less intimidating or increasing incentive. Yet, this area of study is important and should not be ignored.