ERIC Number: ED224066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Communication of Love and Decision-Making Power in Dating Relationships.
A study explored the relationship between romantic love and decision making power in college students' dating relationships. W. Waller's theory that the person who is "least in love" gains power over the person who is relatively "more in love" was tested in terms of C. Safilios-Rothchild's typology of "Orchestration Power" (infrequent but important decisions) and "Implementation Power" (frequent but unimportant decisions). Hypotheses related types of power to the way subjects expressed their romantic involvement. A 12-page questionnaire containing two sets of questions, one on the love expression variable, and the other on the decision making variable, was completed by 127 subjects. The results did not support the Safilios-Rothchild typology. The three major results were that (1) an overwhelming majority perceived dating decision making patterns as an equally shared activity or a give-and-take parallel activity; (2) male respondents perceived making important dating decisions as a self-oriented masculine activity, while female respondents perceived making important decisions as primarily a parallel give-and-take process; and (3) both males and females perceived making unimportant decisions as a mutual, equally shared process. These results suggest that future studies address differences in decision making patterns and the strong distinctions in male/female perceptions. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Communication, Language, and Gender Conference (5th, Athens, OH, October 15-16, 1982).