Couple Observational Coding Systems

Couple Observational Coding Systems

Couple Observational Coding Systems

Couple Observational Coding Systems

Synopsis

A companion volume to Family Observational Coding Systems, this book moves from the triad to the dyad and provides a showcase for significant developments in the coding of intimate couple interactions. The hope is that this book will contribute to the broadening and deepening of the field by disseminating information both about the coding systems that have been developed, as well as the conceptual and methodological issues involved in couple observational research. The first three chapters present overviews of conceptual and methodological issues in the study of couple processes. The remaining chapters describe contributions to the field by 16 teams of researchers. Each chapter provides information about the conceptual underpinnings and structure of the coding system developed by the authors and evidence for its psychometric properties. Couple Observational Coding Systems will be of interest to researchers studying couple interactions as well as clinicians who work with couples.

Excerpt

This volume serves as a companion to Kerig and Lindahl's (2001) earlier text, Family Observational Coding Systems. In this volume, we have moved from the triad to the dyad and provide a showcase for significant developments in the coding of intimate couple interactions. Just as with the family field, couple investigators are often faced with the complex and time-consuming task of creating a coding system that will allow them to capture their constructs of interest, with evidence for reliability and validity limited by the plethora of measures that are newly minted or “home-grown. ” We hope that this book will contribute to the broadening and deepening of the field by disseminating information both about the coding systems that have been developed as well as the conceptual and methodological issues involved in couple observational research.

The primary readership for this book is expected to be researchers interested in the study of couple interactions. However, we anticipate that this work also will be of interest to clinicians who work with couples. A number of the contributors to this volume are clinical psychologists, including the editors. Our training in coding couple interactions has benefited our clinical work by making our observations of couple relationships more astute and by refining our understanding of the implications of these interactional dynamics for individual and marital health.

The first three chapters present overviews of conceptual and methodological issues in the study of couple processes. The remaining chapters describe contributions to the field by sixteen teams of researchers. Each chapter provides information about the conceptual underpinnings and structure of the coding system developed by the author(s) as well as evidence for its psychometric properties. To ease the process of comparing across systems, every chapter uniformly addresses a number of key issues, including the theoretical foundations of the measure, the strategic conceptual and methodological choices made in its development, the properties and content of the measure, the task and setting for which the system is appropriate, the processes of coding and training coders, evidence for reli-

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