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Conflict and Communication: A Case Study

Andy and Martha have been married for five years. Both went to graduate school and have careers they enjoy. Andy is offered a promotion that involves moving to Seattle (1,500 miles away from their present residence). Martha is unwilling to move or live apart. Conflict develops.

As you watch and listen to the video clip, evaluate how this particular situation raises issues of marital communication and satisfaction. Be sure to include information from the course material and other resources to support your points and contentions.

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1) The amount of conflict as well as the break down in communication in this case is undeniable. Martha is on the defensive. She clearly retaliates against everything Andy says. As a result, she continuously misinterprets Andy's statements and finishes his sentences for him based on her assumptions.
On the other hand, Andy is on the offensive. He is unsuccessfully trying to make a point which Martha is simply not accepting. He's getting frustrated and finds himself ...

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This solution evaluates how this particular situation raises issues of marital communication and satisfaction. It also provides suggestions that can help the couple gain insight into their difficulties.

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