Communicated Sense-making After Miscarriage: A Dyadic Analysis of Spousal Communicated Perspective-Taking, Well-being, and Parenting Role Salience

Haley Kranstuber Horstman, Amanda Holman

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Grounded in communicated sense-making (CSM) theorizing, we investigated communicated perspective-taking (CPT; i.e., conversational partners’ attendance to and confirmation of each other’s views) in association with individual and relational well-being in married couples who had miscarried (n = 183; N = 366). Actor–partner interdependence modeling revealed husbands’ perceptions of wives’ CPT were positively related to husbands’ positive affect about the miscarriage and both spouses’ relational satisfaction, as well as negatively associated with wives’ positive affect. Wives’ perceptions of husbands’ CPT related positively to their own relational satisfaction and negatively to husbands’ negative affect. Analyses revealed identification as a parent to the miscarried child (i.e., “parenting role salience”) positively moderated the relationship between CPT and relational satisfaction. Implications for advancing CSM theorizing in health contexts and practical applications are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 20 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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