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dc.contributor.advisorHess, Jon A.eng
dc.contributor.authorKleine, Michelleeng
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on March 10, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Communication.eng
dc.description.abstractThis research focused on accounts and attributions following marital infidelity using a two-part investigation. In Study One, 250 married or previously married participants responded to a hypothetical scenario which asked that they assess their expected level of guilt and tell what account they would likely give to their spouse after an incident of extramarital sex was discovered. Motivation to remain in the marriage and the level of intent prompting the infidelity were manipulated in the scenarios. Results indicated that low motivation to maintain the marriage and high intent were related to the use of aggravating accounts (justifications and denials) while low intent was related to the use of mitigating accounts (concessions and excuses). Study Two utilized qualitative interviews of 25 individuals who had actually experienced infidelity in a marriage. Results indicated that motivation to remain married was a salient factor in the transgressor's choice of account. Additionally, a concession was the prominent account preferred by victims.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb66616001eng
dc.identifier.oclc313811364eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4685
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4685eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshCommunication in marriageeng
dc.subject.lcshAdulteryeng
dc.subject.lcshMarriage counselingeng
dc.titleFor better or worse?: the impact of accounts and attributions following marital infidelityeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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