Some researchers have proposed that the differences in how men and women are socialized may account for the difference in the roles.Women tend to seek affiliation, are more expressive, and are afraid of abandonment.Past research has shown that, compared to other couples, those who practice the silent treatment are: It's a bad habit that must be abandoned if a relationship is going to thrive."The silent treatment is caused by a combination of hurt feelings and an inability or unwillingness to talk about them," Tina Gilbertson, who was not involved with the study, told The Chicago Tribune.
it has only been since the late 80s that researchers have studied it," Texas Christian University professor Paul Schrodt, the study's lead researcher, told Business Insider in an email.
The analysis examined 74 studies that looked at the effects of an overarching behavior called the demand-withdrawal pattern.
The silent treatment is one form of "withdrawal" in a demand-withdrawal pattern, which occurs when one person asks or demands something, for example attention or affection, and their partner rejects these requests by refusing to engage or ceasing communication all together.
When Diane Knippen's third child was on the way, she and her husband had a conversation about shared values.
"We decided on pretty broad items," Knippen recalls.