Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship between Differentiation of Self, Computer-Mediated Communication Competency, and Emotional Reaction to Not Receiving Texts in Predicting Relationship Satisfaction
by Givens, Stephen Asher, Psy.D., Capella University, 2019, 128; 13902064
Abstract (Summary)

Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) has become integrated into people’s lives and has continued to proliferate at an accelerating rate. Specifically, within the modality of text-based communication (TBC), 94% of Americans use mobile devices to communicate in their interpersonal relationships. A high volume of use of technology for communication presses the need for research to understand TBC as a tool in relationships. This study was grounded in family systems frameworks including differentiation of self (DOS) and triangulation theory to understand possible occurrences in the emotional reaction to delays in response. This research used a quantitative methodology to see if DOS, CMC competency, and emotional reaction to delays in response could predict relationship satisfaction. A convenience sample (n = 105) was recruited to participate in an online survey to measure these variables. Findings suggest that DOS, CMC competency, and emotional reaction to delays in response significantly predicted relationship satisfaction (F(4,100) = 15.33, p < .05, R2 = .36). Specifically, higher levels of DOS [Fusion with Others (β = −.16, p < .05) and “I” Position (β = .28, p < .05)] and CMC competency (β = .25, p < .05) were associated with an increase in relationship satisfaction, whereas emotional reaction to delays in response (β = −.01, p < .05) were associated with reduced relationship satisfaction. Implications of the application of the study are discussed. Limitations of the study are identified. Future research on understanding the processing of delays in response and the perception of interpretations in delays in response are discussed. Further, a new school of thought (psychotechnology) is proposed to support a better understanding of technology integration in human relationships and experiences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bruch, Angela
Commitee: Fernandez, Laraine, Sarnoff, David
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Information Technology, Communication, Social psychology
Keywords: Computer mediated communications, Delays in response, Differentiation of self, Relationship satisfaction, Text based communication, Triangulation
Publication Number: 13902064
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