Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Couples' Conflicts on Everyday Sadists' Perceived Relationship Satisfaction
by Fentem, Andrea, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 42; 10787013
Abstract (Summary)

As researchers continue to be hesitant with the new fourth component of the Dark Tetrad, everyday sadism, Paulhus and his colleagues (Furnham, Richards, Paulhus, 2013) stated that it requires a more thorough investigation. One way of expanding the research is looking more in-depth at behavioral interactions with significant others and how it affects relationship satisfaction. Conflicts and arguments within a relationship have been shown to hinder one’s relationship satisfaction. However, would someone who is considered sadistic enjoy having conflicts with their significant other? From this study, it was found that sadism has a negative effect on sadistic individuals’ perceived relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, couples’ conflicts within their significant relationship has a partial effect on how they perceived their relationship as well. Overall, the current study adds new information to existing research by defining how everyday sadist’s behaviors effect their relationship satisfaction with their partner.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ro, Eunyoe
Commitee: Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Dan
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Conflicts, Dark Tetrad, Everyday sadism, Relationship satisfaction
Publication Number: 10787013
ISBN: 9780438009301
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