Year

2021

Season

Fall

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS)

Department

Psychology

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Christopher Leone

Second Advisor

Paul Fuglestad

Department Chair

Lori Lange

College Dean

Andrea Adams Manning

Abstract

Research suggests that high self-monitors will use strategies like denial-avoidance when ending friendships, whereas low self-monitors will use positive tone and openness as strategies for ending friendships. To assess friendship termination, participants completed the Friendship Disengagement Strategies (Sprecher et al., 2014). Self-monitoring was measured using the 25-item Self-Monitoring Scale (Snyder, 1974). For exploratory purposes, we also examined whether the terminator (participant or former friend) in combination with self-monitoring was related to the use of different disengagement strategies. To evaluate our hypotheses, several regression analyses (one for each disengagement strategy) were performed in which self-monitoring was a continuous predictor and terminator was a categorical predictor. There were no effects of self-monitoring either alone or in combination with the nature of the relationship terminator on any of the disengagement strategies. Potential reasons for these null results (e.g., measurement error, inadequate statistical power) as well as future directions (e.g., phases of dissolution, mediation and/or moderation) are discussed.

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