ERIC Number: ED371427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-27
Love Styles, Self-Monitoring, and Relational Message Interpretation: What's Being in Love Got To Do with It?
Mongeau, Paul A.; And Others
A study tested the notion that falling in love causes changes in love styles, relational message interpretations, and personality characteristics such as self-monitoring. Subjects, 209 undergraduate communication students, completed measures of love styles, self-monitoring, and relational message interpretations. In addition, participants indicated whether or not they were in love. Participation for students partially fulfilled a research requirement for either a public speaking or interpersonal communication class. If falling in love causes drastic changes in personality, relational message interpretations, and love styles, partial correlations between these variables should be zero when being in love is controlled for. Results indicated that partial correlations were slightly smaller than their zero-order counterparts. Pairs of variables with significant zero-order correlations, however, tended to also have significant partial correlations. Findings suggest that being in love does not totally account for the covariation of self-monitoring, love styles, and relational message interpretations. (Contains 23 references and 6 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 23-27, 1994).