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Acta de investigación psicológica

versión On-line ISSN 2007-4719versión impresa ISSN 2007-4832


VILLANUEVA OROZCO, Gerardo Benjamín Tonatiuh; RIVERA ARAGON, Sofía; DIAZ LOVING, Rolando  y  REYES-LAGUNES, Isabel. Couple's Communication: Scale Construction and Validation. Acta de investigación psicol [online]. 2012, vol.2, n.2, pp.728-748. ISSN 2007-4719.

Communication revolves around two aspects: cognition, what is thought before giving a message, and the behavioral action used during communication. Research on couples communication has centered on observing interaction in pre-established contexts and situations that may not reflect reality. An alternative is to use self administered reports that can include multiple settings. However, the issue of evaluating the cognitive process that facilitate or hinder communication has still to be resolved. In response, the objective of this research project was to develop and validate a psychometric instrument that will measure communication in a bidirectional fashion, with emphasis on the cognitive process that occur during such interaction. 351 adults cohabiting with their couple participated. The first scale named communication facilitators yielded four conceptually clear and statistically robust factors (explained variance=61.58% & =.959); the second scale refers to barriers to communication and has six factors (explained variance66.02% & =.951); and the third evaluates communication in the interaction has three factors (explained variance=42.69% & =.881).

Palabras llave : communication; couples; cognition; barriers; facilitators; interaction.

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