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A study on the relationship between self-differentiation and communication patterns and marital relationship quality among Chinese couples

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2024.060216 | Downloads: 13 | Views: 141


Qiutang Zhang 1,2, Elna R. Lopez 1, Yumei Yan 3


1 Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas, 4200, Philippines
2 Jiangxi Water Resources Institute, Nanchang, Jiangxi, 230088, China
3 Hunan University of Medicine, Huaihua, Hunan, 330100, China

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Elna R. Lopez


In this study, a random sample of 102 Chinese couples aged between 25 and 50 years was primarily surveyed using a standardized questionnaire method. The results showed significant gender differences in self-differentiation, communication patterns and relationship quality between husbands and wives. Compared to their husbands, wives had lower levels of self-differentiation, were more likely to use the negative communication pattern of demand/withdraw, and perceived lower marital relationship quality. The self-differentiation of couples is positively associated with the quality of marital relationships and inversely related to communication patterns. However, there is no significant correlation between communication patterns and the quality of marital relationships.


Self-differentiation; Communication patterns; Marital relationship quality; Chinese couples


Qiutang Zhang, Elna R. Lopez, Yumei Yan, A study on the relationship between self-differentiation and communication patterns and marital relationship quality among Chinese couples. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2024) Vol. 6: 105-111. DOI:


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