Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Communication Studies
Alan Sillars, Jeff Bookwalter
satisfaction, third party, interpersonal, well-being, family, affection
University of Montana
This study examined the links between affectionate communication expressed within family dyads and affectionate communication expressed among other dyads, as well as individual reports of satisfaction with family life and mental well-being. Overall, the study showed that a child’s report of affectionate communication exchanged in the child/father subsystem is associated with mother’s satisfaction with family life. Additionally, mother reports of affectionate communication exchanged in the spousal relationships were positively associated with child reports of child/father affectionate communication exchanged. Finally, both perceptions of affectionate exchange in dyads outside and inside of one’s direct experience correlated with satisfaction with family life and mental well-being. The results offer new insights into the nature of affectionate relationships in families.
Curran, Timothy M., "THIRD PARTY EFFECTS OF AFFECTIONATE COMMUNICATION IN FAMILY SUBSYSTEMS: EXAMINING INFLUENCE ON AFFECTIONATE COMMUNICATION, MENTAL WELL-BEING, AND FAMILY SATISFACTION" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4278.
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