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The present study examines the association between consumption of media messages via movie viewing and endorsement of ideals and expectations about romantic relationships in a university-based sample of 228 respondents. Frequent viewing of romantic comedy and drama films was significantly and positively correlated with idealized notions that love conquers all, greater expectations for intimacy, and endorsement of the eros love style. Viewing preference for romantic movies was also significantly and positively correlated with fantasy rumination and marital intentions. However, participants who frequently watched romantic movies did not endorse beliefs in sexual perfection, mindreading, or disagreement disallowance. Implications of the findings are addressed.
Cultivation; Dysfunctional expectations; Expectation (Psychology); Interpersonal relationships; Love in mass media; Love stories; Media; Movie viewing; Romance films; Romantic relationships; Socialization
Family, Life Course, and Society | Film and Media Studies | Mass Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Galloway, Lauren F. E., "Does Movie Viewing Cultivate Unrealistic Expectations about Love and Marriage?" (2013). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1827.