Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Psychology
relationship-contingent self-esteem, body shame, romantic relationships, body-related behaviors, proposal, break-up
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.
© Greta K. Aronson
Aronson, Greta K., "Relationship-Contingent Self-Esteem and Body Shame: The Effects on Females' Responses to Significant Romantic Relationship Events" (2014). MSU Graduate Theses. 1820.