ERIC Number: ED335710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-19
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Attributions of Responsibility for Relational Transgressions.
Mongeau, Paul A.; Hale, Jerold L.
Working from prior findings on the relationship between transgression, intent, guilt, and other factors, researchers reviewed a series of studies of undergraduate students. The students were offered varying hypothetical scenarios in which a member in a heterosexual relationship meets a friend of the opposite sex in a bar. In each case, after talking and drinking at the bar, the two people leave the bar to go to the friend's apartment to watch a movie, and end up having sexual intercourse. The varying factors in the scenarios were the sex of the transgressor, the degree of intent, the presence or absence of a revenge motive, and the degree of relational familiarity (the length of the relational partners' dating period). As one critic had speculated, the unintentional transgressor was more likely than the intentional one to feel guilt. Communication strategies which people use to explain their transgressions were quite consistent across studies, and data were consistent with one version or another of the sexual double standard. (Two figures are included; 25 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Affective Response; Communication Behavior; Emotions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Sacramento, CA, February 16-20, 1990).