Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Dr. Christina Yoshimura
Dr. Stephen Yoshimura, Dr. Craig McFarland
attribution theory, hurtful messages, bipolar disorder, romantic relationships
University of Montana
Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
This study explores hurtful messages received by individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder I/II from their romantic partners. Close romantic relationships present opportunities for the utterance of hurtful messages, and the stigmatization that accompanies a mental health diagnosis could affect the attributions made surrounding hurtful messages. By applying attribution theory, the current study increases understanding of how individuals with bipolar disorder experience and attribute hurtful messages. Participants (N = 99) were adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder who had received a hurtful message from their romantic partner. Data was collected via online surveys comprised of Likert scales and short answer questions. Five hurtful message types emerged: assessment, admonition, rejection, minimization, and miscellaneous. Participants reported a significant positive relationship between self-stigma harm and context-specific attribution (r = .263, p < .01). Additionally, a significant positive relationship between context-specific attributions and hurtful message severity emerged (r = .273, p < .01). Results of this study enhance current knowledge about how individuals make context-specific attributions for hurtful messages they receive from a romantic partner, offer a focus specifically on the experience of romantic relationships for individuals with bipolar disorder, and offer various theoretical and practical implications.
Parrish, Callie, "THE ROLE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER, STIGMA, AND HURTFUL MESSAGES IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS" (2018). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11129.
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