Rejection in its many forms

Carol Ha (2011). Rejection in its many forms Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Carol Ha
Thesis Title Rejection in its many forms
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Shelli Dubbs
Total pages 82
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary The process of beginning and maintaining a romantic relationship has been extensively studied, but unfortunately the same could not be said of the process of relationship breakdowns. This is baffling given how painfully common relationship breakdowns are, and how negative the experience can sometimes be. This study focused on the strategies that are used to disengage from a partner, and the factors, and motivations that affect this choice. A number of factors could potentially affect what motivations are paramount, and therefore render some strategies more desirable to use than others. The first factor that this study investigated was relationship type. Consistent with previous literature, it was hypothesized that when dissolving more intimate relationships, the driving motivations will include being clear, and nice. The second important factor was gender. Women tend to be less muscular than men, and therefore it is more dangerous for women if a rejected partner were to decide to react violently to the rejection. Furthermore, women have a stereotype of communality, or "niceness", to adhere to, which does not apply to men. Hence, it was hypothesized that women will be more motivated to appear nice, and avoid angering the rejected person. Also, women will be more likely to use nice, or avoidant strategies than men. A questionnaire was developed and administered online to test these hypotheses. A total of 329 participants completed the questionnaire (163 female, 166 male). The results regarding the effect of relationship type were consistent with previous studies. Some support was found for the effect of gender. The strengths and limitations of this study are discussed, and recommendations for future research are outlined.
Keyword Romantic relationships

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