The Mediating Role of Sibling Maintenance Behavior Expectations and Perceptions in the Relationship between Family Communication Patterns and Relationship Satisfaction
Journal of Family Communication
Sibling relationships are influenced both by the behaviors performed within the relationship (e.g., relational work) and by the family system as a whole. This study extends family communication patterns theory (FCP) by examining whether communicative relationship maintenance plays a role in the relationship between FCP and sibling relationship satisfaction. Data from 327 adult siblings from across the United States tested using Hayes (2013) PROCESS revealed that conversation and conformity orientation had positive indirect effects on sibling relationship satisfaction through both (a) relational maintenance expectations and (b) perceptions of sibling actual maintenance behavior in nearly all models (i.e., including positivity, openness, assurances, networks, and tasks maintenance behaviors). The results suggest that the parent-child relationship remains important long after children become adults as it continues to influence interpersonal relationships with others. Future directions for communication scholars are discussed along with theoretical implications for research on family communication patterns and the maintenance strategy framework.
Dorrance Hall, E., McNallie, J. The Mediating Role of Sibling Maintenance Behavior Expectations and Perceptions in the Relationship Between Family Communication Patterns and Relationship Satisfaction (2016) Journal of Family Communication, 16 (4), pp. 386-402. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84982261529&partnerID=40&md5=1d37cd1423a701067062dab7bfa161a6