This study examined the extent to which expectations towards romantic relationships are affected by interparental conflict (IPC). This study looked at personality and relationship factors, such as attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance, and commitment to determine if they mediated the relationship between IPC and expectations. Participants (n = 102) completed an online survey with measures of these constructs. The results indicate that higher levels of anxiety and avoidance predict lower relationship expectations while higher levels of commitment predict higher relationship expectations. In a mediation analysis, IPC was found to both be a direct predictor of expectations and was also found to be an indirect predictor of expectations when mediated through anxiety. This indicates that higher levels of IPC directly leads to lowered expectations and that higher levels of IPC leads to higher levels of anxiety, which then leads to lowered expectations.
Barnett, Demetrius Devon, "The Effects of Interparental Conflict on an Individual’s Expectations Towards Their Romantic Relationships: Attitudes Towards Romantic Relationships" (2023). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 10585.
Other Mental and Social Health | Other Psychiatry and Psychology
Interparental conflict, attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance, commitment, expectations towards romantic relationships
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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