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Communication Studies

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Kim Flottemesch


Children are typically in the presence of their family of origin for a length of time. From this time spent with their family of origin, children are shaped into the people they are. Arguably, one of the main areas in which family of origin has an impact on a child is within their romantic relationships. The researchers chose to investigate how a couple with partners on the opposite end of the cohesion and adaptability scale manage communication within their relationship. Specifically, the researchers explored how these romantic partners manage self-disclosure and conflict management styles in their relationships, with their families’ behaviors in mind. The participants of this study were romantic couples of adult age who had been dating for at least six months prior to the study. This study thoroughly addressed the effects of bringing two different sets of familial communication behaviors together in one romantic relationship.


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