Master of Arts in Communication Studies
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Tara Emmers-Sommer, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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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.
Adultery; Attachment behavior; Attachment style; Attachment theory; Communicative response; Infidelity; Interpersonal communication; Investment model
Communication | Psychology
Donovan, Sandra, "Attachment theory as a predictor of communicative responses to infidelity" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 747.