Communication behaviors, idealization, and relationship satisfaction in long distance dating relationships

Ozlem Kose, Purdue University


Previous research has linked idealization with increased relationship satisfaction in long distance dating relationships (LDDRs), and found that idealization is used as a defense mechanism to avoid conflictual areas of the relationship. However, there has been a lack of research on communication behaviors used by LDDR couples. This study aimed to advance the literature on how LDDR couples communicate by examining negative and positive communication behaviors during a conflict and their role on relationship satisfaction. The SEM analysis of the data collected from 105 participants revealed that both negative and positive communication behaviors were linked to relationship satisfaction. In line with the previous research, idealization was found to be a significant predictor of relationship satisfaction in LDDRs. As predicted, positive communication behaviors were positively correlated with idealization. Also, idealization predicted lower use of negative communication behaviors. Considering the increasing number of LDDRs, it is crucial to have an understanding of interactional dynamics of communication and its link to satisfaction in LDDRs. The results provided insight into communication styles and satisfaction of LDDR couples.




Nalbone, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Individual & family studies

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