Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Common Ground: A Look at Entrainment in Romantic Relationships
by Bock, Elinor Rae, Ph.D., The New School, 2012, 56; 3566429
Abstract (Summary)

Past research has shown that entrainment facilitates social bonding in intimates and strangers. The current study investigated if synchronicity in romantic couples is disrupted by relationship discord. Rocking chair movements were used as an objective measure of synchronicity. Couples rocked together for 3 minutes to assess their baseline synchronicity, and again for 3 minutes after inducing a threat to the relationship in one member of each couple. It was hypothesized that satisfied couples would be more entrained than dissatisfied couples at baseline, as well as after inducing a relationship threat. Results indicated no significant difference in rocking between satisfied and dissatisfied couples at baseline. However, results supported that synchronicity was significantly disrupted in dissatisfied couples, but not satisfied couples, after the threat was induced. These results suggest that relationship satisfaction acts as a buffer to relationship threats and/or that satisfied couples are more likely to remain entrained even in the face of hardship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kinsbourne, Marcel
Commitee: Safran, Jeremy, Todman, McWelling
School: The New School
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Couple satisfaction, Couples, Entrainment, Mutual regulation, Romantic relationships, Synchronicity
Publication Number: 3566429
ISBN: 978-1-303-17602-9
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