ABSTRACT

The Turning Toward Versus Turning Away Coding System (Turning System) was

created for the study of the unique interactions of couples in their everyday lives.

This systemwas designed tomeasure subtle, microlevel behaviors in everyday in-

teraction. We designed the Turning System to gain a better understanding of the

ways in which couples initiate interactions and respond to each other in a

semi-natural environment. The codes were created from daily interactions in a

broad range of situations from watching TV to cooking dinner. As a result, they

capture daily interactions whenever they occur.