The Impact of a Video-Mediated Communication on Separated Perinatal Couples in Japan

Ryoko Furukawa, Martha Driessnack, Eiko Kobori

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Abstract

Japanese communication relies heavily on nonverbal cues and context. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of video-mediated communication (VMC) on communication satisfaction and marital relationships in young couples separated during the perinatal period as they honor the Japanese tradition of Satogaeri Bunben. Couples were assigned to the VMC treatment group (n = 14) or control group (n = 13). A mixed-methods approach to data collection and analysis was used. Longitudinal quantitative analysis from the Primary Communication Inventory and Intimate Bond Measure revealed significant differences between the Husband groups. Primary Communication Inventory and Intimate Bond Measure were strongly correlated regardless of group. Qualitative analysis of participant diaries revealed the addition of visual cues helped create a sense of “virtual co-presence,” which was both positive and negative. In conclusion, VMC appears to improve communication in the separated Japanese perinatal couples, especially through the addition of visual cues provided with VMC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-211
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • couple’s communication satisfaction
  • long-distance relationship
  • marital relationship
  • mixed-methods research
  • Satogaeri Bunben
  • video-mediated communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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