Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Brooke Whisenhunt

Keywords

relationship-contingent self-esteem, body shame, romantic relationships, body-related behaviors, proposal, break-up

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the current research was to examine the effect of relationship-contingent self-esteem (RCSE) and body shame on women's cognitive, affective, and body-related behavioral responses to significant events that occur in romantic relationships. Participants read vignettes involving either a positive or negative relationship event and were asked to complete measures of self-esteem, affect, and behavior in responses to the event. The study found that level of RCSE had an impact on state self-esteem for both positive and negative relationship events. Level of RCSE also had a significant effect on women's pursuit of an ex-romantic partner. Lastly, women with high body shame were found to engage in more body-related behaviors after a significant romantic relationship event than women with low body shame.

Copyright

© Greta K. Aronson

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