Discord through the decades : a longitudinal analysis of conflict and relational dialectics in television couples

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dc.contributor.advisor Stamp, Glen H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Willson, Holly N. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:48Z
dc.date.created 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2008 .W55 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188485
dc.description.abstract This study examined five seminal television series — I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, and Home Improvement — for episodes of conflict. Those episodes of conflict were then analyzed through thematic analysis. Using Baxter's (1988) relational dialectical tensions as a theoretical framework, the internal tensions present in romantic relationships (i.e., autonomy v. connection, novelty v. predictability, and openness v. closedness) served as themes to organize the data. After identifying the dialectical tensions present in each of the series, the shows were then compared to determine if a shift had occurred in each of the dialectics over time.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Communication Studies
dc.format.extent 105 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marital conflict. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Married people -- Psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Man-woman relationships on television. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Situation comedies (Television programs) -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Couples on television.
dc.title Discord through the decades : a longitudinal analysis of conflict and relational dialectics in television couples en_US
dc.title.alternative Relational dialectics in sitcoms en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1391469 en_US

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