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Breakup strategies as determinants of reactions to the relationship breakup


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Krešić, Nikolina. (2013). Breakup strategies as determinants of reactions to the relationship breakup. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Kamenov, Željka].

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Relationship breakups are very often dramatic and can leave a permanent mark on the lives of those experiencing it. Reactions to breakups can vary a lot and they are not necessarily always negative as most people believe them to be. The aim of this study was to examine the role of the strategies that people use to end their relationships in explaining the reaction to the breakup and staying friends after the breakup. In addition, we were interested in the frequency of the usage of certain strategies of the breakup and whether men and women were different in choosing the strategies for the breakup. There were 445 participants in the study, aged 18-30. The following questionnaires were used: the Breakup Strategies Questionnaire, the Posttraumatic Growth Questionnaire and the Breakup Distress Scale. The most frequently used strategies are confrontation and positive tone and the least used strategy is distant communication. Women used the strategy of confrontation more frequently than men. The strategies of de-escalation and manipulation proved to be the significant predictors of posttraumatic growth, while the strategies positive tone and escalation proved to be significant predictors of breakup distress. The strategies positive tone, avoidance and distant communication allow us to predict which couples will remain friends after the relationship termination and which will not.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: relationship breakup, breakup strategies, distress, posttraumatic growth
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Kamenov, Željka
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 14:39
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 14:39

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