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dc.contributor.authorFearer, Katherine Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T18:48:53Z
dc.date.available2014-07-22T18:48:53Z
dc.date.created2013en_US
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifierTCU Master Thesisen_US
dc.identifieretd-08082013-093105en_US
dc.identifierumi-10386en_US
dc.identifiercat-002008221en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu:443/handle/116099117/4462
dc.descriptionTitle from thesis title page (viewed Aug. 16, 2013).en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis--Texas Christian University, 2013.en_US
dc.descriptionCollege of Communication; advisor, Andrew M. Ledbetter.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionText (electronic thesis) in PDF.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study explored predictors of relational maintenance behaviors within the context of friendships. Several theoretical frameworks were compared--equity theory, self-expansion theory, the relational turbulence model, and the interaction enjoyment approach. Participants included 371 young adults who completed online questionnaires concerning their perceptions of friendship maintenance behaviors with a close or casual friend. Results supported self-expansion theory, the relational turbulence model, and the interaction enjoyment approach as significant theoretical explanations of friendship maintenance behaviors. The central goal of this study was accomplished in that relational uncertainty and interaction enjoyment emerged as complementary, and even stronger, predictors of relational maintenance behaviors than the other theoretical explanations. Overall, interaction enjoyment was the strongest predictor of friendship maintenance. Conversely, the traditional equity approach received minimal support. The theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of these findings were discussed.en_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.titleRelational uncertainty and interaction enjoyment as predictors of relational maintenance [electronic resource] /en_US
dc.title.alternativePredictors of relational maintenanceen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentCollege of Communication
etd.degree.levelMaster
local.academicunitBob Schieffer College of Communication


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