Award Date

12-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Department

Communication

First Committee Member

Tara Emmers-Sommer, Chair

Second Committee Member

Erin Sahlstein

Third Committee Member

Tara Mcmanus

Graduate Faculty Representative

Katherine Hertlein

Number of Pages

74

Abstract

This study set out to determine one’s communicative responses to infidelity as predicted by attachment style. Three hundred and ninety-two participants responded to a measure of attachment and were then randomly assigned to one of three scenarios: imagining a partner’s sexual infidelity, imagining a partner’s emotional infidelity and imagining a partner’s combined sexual and emotional infidelity. Participants then responded to a communicative response scale in reaction to the scenario. Results showed moderate support for attachment theory. Additional analysis revealed responses differed by infidelity type. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Keywords

Adultery; Attachment behavior; Attachment style; Attachment theory; Communicative response; Infidelity; Interpersonal communication; Investment model

Disciplines

Communication | Psychology

Language

English


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