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Awareness of Parental Infidelity on College Students' Reported Commitment in Romantic Relationships

Title: Awareness of Parental Infidelity on College Students' Reported Commitment in Romantic Relationships.
Name(s): Greene, Kristen H., author
Darling, Carol A., professor directing dissertation
Peterson, Gary, outside committee member
Lee, Robert E., committee member
McWey, Lenore, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The focus of this study was to examine the influence of parental infidelity on college students' level of commitment in romantic relationships. Parental infidelity was assessed on three levels, young adults who were: (a) not aware of parental infidelity, (b) suspect parental infidelity, and (c) who are confident of parental infidelity. Maternal infidelity was compared with paternal infidelity. The influence of maternal/paternal infidelity on the level of trust in romantic relationships, dysfunctional relationship beliefs, and commitment in romantic relationships was also assessed. The sample consisted of 404 undergraduate college students who were surveyed at a large southeastern university. The respondents were asked to complete a survey consisting of demographic questions pertaining to the measurement of each variable. The instruments used were the Dyadic Trust Scale to assess level of interpersonal trust, Relationship Belief Inventory to assess level of dysfunctional romantic relationship beliefs, and the Commitment Inventory to assess the level of constraint and dedication commitment in a romantic relationship. Hypotheses were tested stating there would be no differences observed for levels of trust, dysfunctional beliefs, and commitment among the three levels of infidelity awareness. Four research questions regarding the relationship among the variables in this study for each of the three levels of infidelity awareness were also utilized. Hypotheses were addressed using a series of one-way analysis of variances. Research questions were addressed using multivariate analysis of variance, chi-square tests of independence, and hierarchical multiple regression. Results indicated there were no significant associations between parental infidelity and level of commitment in college students' relationships. However, this study revealed several gender differences such as a significant relationship among length of current relationship, length of longest relationship, and level of commitment for the women in this study.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3996 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: October 27, 2006.
Keywords: Trust in Relationships, Infidelity, Commitment, Parent Affair, College Relationships
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Carol A. Darling, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gary Peterson, Outside Committee Member; Robert E. Lee, Committee Member; Lenore McWey, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Greene, K. H. (2006). Awareness of Parental Infidelity on College Students' Reported Commitment in Romantic Relationships. Retrieved from