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Need Fulfillment and Missing a Partner in Long Distance Romantic Relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Le, Benjamin
dc.contributor.advisor Sternberg, Wendy Porter, Jaclyn 2014-02-24T18:14:10Z 2014-02-24T18:14:10Z 2010
dc.description.abstract In this study, the phenomenon of missing a romantic partner in a long-distance relationship (LDR) was investigated. One hundred sixty-three members of LDRs between the ages of 18-24 completed an online survey advertised on a social networking site and the Haverford College message boards. Correlation and regression analyses were conducted to determine the association between need fulfillment (NF) and missing a romantic partner as well as moderating variables such as expectations for a romantic partner to fulfill each need, the importance of each need, the fulfillment of each need by a social network member, participant sex, and attachment dimensions. A significant positive correlation was found between NF and missing a partner and significant interactions were found between NF and attachment avoidance, and NF and attachment anxiety in predicting missing a partner. It is suspected that commitment plays an important role in the association between NF and missing. Strengths, limitations, and areas for future research are discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Long-distance relationships
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal relations -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Separation (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Need (Psychology)
dc.title Need Fulfillment and Missing a Partner in Long Distance Romantic Relationships
dc.type Thesis
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