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<p>Stress outside a marriage can impede effective communication within the marriage. However, communication is multi-dimensional. One aspect of communication promotes intimacy and closeness between partners (affiliation), and another aspect expresses aligned goals and a motivation to solve problems (cooperation). The current study intended to reveal which elements of communication stress impacts - affiliation, cooperation, or both - as well as how stress interacts with these dimensions to predict relationship satisfaction over time. Using a sample of 216 newlywed couples, the study found that stress does not influence all elements of communication in the same way, and stress interacts with affiliation and cooperation to predict relationship satisfaction longitudinally.</p>
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