Young couple and their older friend

Tags: friend, young, couple, older
Description: When older couples argue, they're more likely to handle the conflict by changing the subject, a new study finds. The study tracked 127 middle-age (defined as age 4050) and elderly long-term married couples over 13 years, video-recording brief discussions to see how the couples handled controversial topics such as housework or finances. The researchers focused on how aging couples used a common form of communication known as the "demand-withdraw pattern." This pattern involves one partner blaming their partner or pressuring them to change (the "demanding" role as the other partner avoids talking about the problem or leaves.