Relational dissolution is a distressing life event. Dissolution is further complicated when communication between ex-partners is inefficient, unpredictable, and strained. This examination uncovers the aspects of postdissolutional communication in a 2-part study. In Study 1, 271 participants experiencing a breakup completed surveys regarding their communication with an ex-romantic partner. The study empirically operationalizes these behaviors in the Post-Dissolution Relational Communication Index and reports on the factor structure, reliability, and convergent validity of the 2-factor solution produced. Both factors were significantly correlated with participants’ reports of communication satisfaction with a former relationship partner and the perceived seriousness of the relationship. In Study 2, self-reports from 151 participants who had experienced a divorce provided support for its use with divorced couples. A third factor was identified illustrating differences between nonmarital and marital ex-partners. Implications for postdissolution relationships and satisfaction with former partners are addressed. Furthermore, suggestions for practice are discussed.
- Communication satisfaction
- factor analysis
- postdissolutional communication