Marital Problem Solving Interaction and Satisfaction: A Microanalytic Study

Saraç A. , Sanberk İ.

American Journal Of Family Therapy, vol.50, no.1, pp.33-56, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1862004
  • Title of Journal : American Journal Of Family Therapy
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-56


This study analyzed the behaviors during married couples’

problem solving interactions with Markov analysis and test the

predictable effect of these behaviors on marital satisfaction.

The study involved 25 married couples. The findings show that

gender had a significant effect on the behaviors during the

interaction. Positive behaviors such as positive solution and

acceptance facilitated the couples’ understanding each other,

listening made the experienced problems clearer, criticizing

such as making excuses caused a reaction that was ineffective;

negative behaviors predicted marital satisfaction significantly.