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Self-Expansion and Breakups: Effects on Possessions

Show simple item record Sandrick, Caroline 2014-03-18T14:55:20Z 2015-10-01T17:08:51Z 2014-03-18T14:55:20Z 2015-10-01T17:08:51Z 2014-03-18T14:55:20Z
dc.description.abstract The current study strives to understand the influence of breakups on the expanded self and its representation through possessions. The self-expansion theory (Aron & Aron, 1986) states that involving oneself in a romantic relationship alters one’s sense of self by taking on the partner’s characteristics and qualities and integrating them into the self. The study examined the reported self-expansion in the relationship and the couple representativeness of a possession to see if this affected the outcome of the possessions (kept vs. discarded). Participants were asked to report their three favorite possessions and five possessions they would keep (or kept) and five possessions they would discard (or discarded). As hypothesized, people in self-expanding relationships kept (or would keep) possessions that were more representative of their relationships; this was not found for items that were discarded (or would be discarded). People in a prior self-expanding relationship had more relationship representative items as their favorite possessions; this was not seen for those currently in a self-expanding relationship. There was no significant relationship between self-expansion in a prior relationship and emotional distress or self-concept clarity for those who were dumped by their partner. This study provides some support for the idea that people keep possessions from self-expanding relationships to receive support for the expanded self.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Sandrick, Caroline
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Identity (Psychology).
dc.subject Interpersonal relations.
dc.title Self-Expansion and Breakups: Effects on Possessions
dc.type Thesis August 2013
dc.description.committeechair Sheets, Virgil
dc.description.committeemembers Anderson, Veanne
dc.description.committeemembers Bennett, Patrick Master of Arts
dc.description.department Department of Psychology
dc.description.imprint Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute, Indiana State University
dc.description.itemidetd ISU-Thesis-Aug-2013
dc.description.level Masters
dc.description.note Title from document page. Document formatted into pages: contains 64p. :ill. Includes bibliography and appendix.

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