The Relationship between Non-verbal Communication and Marital Adjustment among Iranian Couples


Department of psychology Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman


In the present study an attempt is made to find out the relationship between non-verbal communication and marital adjustment among 120 married couples from Kerman City of Iran referred to government and private counseling and social support centers. Test of Non-verbal Cue Knowledge (TONCK) by Rosip & Hall (2004) and Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) by Busby, Christensen, Crane and Larson (1995) were employed to measure non-verbal communication levels and marital adjustment, respectively. Two-way ANOVA was employed to find out the difference in marital adjustment scores with different levels of non-verbal communication along with gender, age, educational level and marital years.  Results revealed that as the non-verbal communication levels increased, marital adjustment of the couples increased linearly and significantly. Couples with higher educational levels had higher marital adjustment scores than Couples with lower educational levels and couples with above 11 years marriagehad higher marital adjustmentscores than Couples with 6-10 years marriageand below 5 years marriage. Lastly gender did not have a significant influence over marital adjustment of the Couples.