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Study Shows Couples Argue Less As Relationship Progresses

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A new study shows that arguments in couples tend to diminish over time, but not because couples resolve all their problems.

Although couples in relationships argue less as the years progress, they often avoid even addressing the issues that cause the conflict.

A typical pattern that increased over time was what researchers called demand-withdraw. A typical demand-withdraw happens when one spouse blames or pressures the other to engage ("Why don't you take out the garbage more?"), the other tries to avoid the discussion ("Honey, have you seen the car keys?").

This "avoidance trend" becomes increasingly more likely in both married couples and couples in long term committed relationships.

The study, done by San Francisco State University, interviewed 127 long-term married couples several times over 13 years.

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