Interpersonal resilience in romantic relationships

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Title: Interpersonal resilience in romantic relationships
Author: Beck, Gary Alan
Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine the characteristics of interaction in romantic relationships that enable partners to effectively deal with significant stressors to their relationship . These characteristics were identified through the development of a measure of interpersonal resilience in romantic relationships . The dissertation consisted of three phases : Phase one solicited from communication experts their perceptions of the communication characteristics that encourage resilient patterns of stress management in romantic relationships . This feedback was evaluated and organized into categories . Phase two sought to identify underlying dimensions of the categories , and to statistically validate the most important characteristics of communication contributing to resilient outcomes . Communication experts were asked to rate forty items addressing the various categories of communication characteristics generated in part one . Their data were factor analyzed , and reduced to a list of twenty -eight items that made up the initial Interpersonal Resilience in Romantic Relationships (IR3 ) measure . The final part of the this research , phase three , validated the role that IR3 dimensions play mediating the effects of a significant stressor , in this case job loss , on relationship outcomes of quality , satisfaction , and commitment .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2011 -12 -2351
Date: 2011-02-11


Interpersonal resilience in romantic relationships. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2011 -12 -2351 .

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