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Connecting Romantic Beliefs With Marital Communication and Conflict Resolution
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by David Lee Dalton - College of the Ozarks
This research sought to determine whether any relation exists between romantic beliefs and beliefs regarding communication and conflict resolution. Two questionnaires were administered to 133 college students. The first questionnaire, the Implicit Theories of Relationships Scale (Knee, 1998; Knee, Nanayakkara, Vietor, Neighbors, & Patrick, 2001), measured belief in romantic growth and belief in romantic destiny. The second questionnaire, the Communication and Conflict Resolution Beliefs Inventory (CCRBI; developed for this study), measured beliefs regarding communication and conflict resolution. As predicted, the participants who had a high level of belief in romantic growth in combination with a low level of belief in romantic destiny had the highest level of healthy communication and conflict resolution beliefs. Conversely, high belief in romantic destiny combined with low belief in romantic growth was associated with the poorest communication and conflict resolution beliefs.