The effects of verbally aggressive messages on women's self-concepts within romantic relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Stamp, Glen H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Douglas, Emily A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:29Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2007 .D68 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188350
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of verbally aggressive messages on women's self-concepts within romantic relationships. Through a qualitative methodological approach, this study examined the effects of such messages in the role of control negotiation, effects on women's self-concepts, and effects on future communication patterns. Through one-on-one interviews, women who have previously been in verbally abusive relationships were given the opportunity to share their individual stories through a narrative analysis. In addition, the theories of Communication Theory of Identity and Relationship Scripts were applied to understand the relationship between the effects of the messages on attitudes, behaviors, sense of identity, and communication patterns of the participants.The results indicated negative effects on victims who have experienced verbally abusive relationships. The need for control exemplified by the male aggressors resulted in compliance by the participants. The participants also experienced lower self-esteem and change or loss of personal identity, which affected communication in subsequent romantic relationships.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent v, 83 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Invective. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Abuse of. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychologically abused women. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Man-woman relationships. en_US
dc.title The effects of verbally aggressive messages on women's self-concepts within romantic relationships en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1365177 en_US


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