What Predicts Wholeheartedness in Romantic Relationships?
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2016
Murray, Holmes, and Collins (2006) proposed a model of risk regulation in romantic relationships, suggesting that people balance the goal of wanting to minimize pain and rejection with the goal of wanting to draw closer to their partner. Crocker and Canevello (2015) suggested that this model of risk regulation describes relationships in the egosystem, and wholeheartedness, a construct proposed by Brené Brown (2010a), might provide an alternative approach to risk regulation in the ecosystem. The present study examines a sample of 83 romantically involved couples who completed measures of self-protectiveness and wholeheartedness along with other constructs hypothesized to relate to them. Multiple regression analyses examined the unique associations of each of these measures with wholeheartedness and self-protectiveness. Results showed that trust and avoidant attachment are the strongest predictors of wholeheartedness. Future research is needed to further examine this construct and its implications for romantic relationships.
2nd place awardee at the 2016 Denman Forum
Academic Major: Psychology
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