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Negotiating the Breakup of Romantic Relationships in an Era of New Media

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dc.contributor.advisor Desmarais, Serge Wreford, Julia 2016-08-03T18:00:37Z 2016-08-03T18:00:37Z 2016-06 2016-07-14 2016-08-03
dc.description.abstract Existing research indicates that the relationship between post-breakup contact and recovery is complicated, particularly when new media provide the avenue for such contact (Lukacs, 2012; Marshall, 2012). The primary objective of this dissertation was to gain a more meaningful understanding of the post-breakup relational landscape for young people, taking into account the intersection of new media and breakups. More specifically, the objectives were to investigate the impact that new media has had on perceived breakup norms, to assess whether or not young people act in a way that is consistent with such norms, and to establish whether, and under what conditions, post-breakup contact can be healthy. To meet these goals, the current investigation involved a qualitative survey for Study 1 (N= 97), and a set of interviews for Study 2 (N= 27), to explore the behaviours and perceived emerging norms of young people who are navigating post-breakup decisions. Questions in both studies were designed to learn more about post-breakup contact, with special attention paid to the impact new media have had on post-breakup contact. Results of both Study 1 and Study 2 indicated that a number of new perceived norms have emerged for post-breakup contact as a result of the incorporation of new media into such norms. Results of Study 2 also indicated that while young people are aware that certain norms for post-breakup contact exist, they do not always act in a way that is congruent with their own personal normative beliefs. When there is incongruence, young people engage in motivated reasoning (Kunda, 1990) to explain their behaviour. Implications that take into account the weight of social norms, while remaining cognizant of young peoples’ post-breakup recovery, are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Breakups en_US
dc.subject New Media en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.subject Romantic Relationships en_US
dc.subject Facebook en_US
dc.subject Relationship Dissolution en_US
dc.title Negotiating the Breakup of Romantic Relationships in an Era of New Media en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Psychology en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Department of Psychology en_US
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