Title

Self-Monitoring and Perceptions of Former Romantic Partners and Relationships

Year

2010

Season

Fall

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The current study is focused on self-monitoring differences in the dissolution phase of romantic relationships. In particular, we investigate the ways that high self-monitors and low self-monitors cope with dissolution of romantic relationships by using negative illusions. Two hundred participants who experienced relationship dissolution in the recent or distant past completed the 25-item Self-Monitoring Scale (Snyder, 1974) and four revised measures to assess participants' use of negative illusions (i.e., Interpersonal Qualities Scale, Optimism Scale, Efficacy Scale, and Satisfaction Scale) (Murray, 1997). Overall, individuals used negative illusions for their former romantic partners and former romantic relationships to cope with relationship dissolution. However, the extent to whicl1 individuals used negative illusions was not moderated by their self-monitoring p1·opensities. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

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