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ERIC Number: EJ1022079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Relationship Maintenance on Facebook: Development of a Measure, Relationship to General Maintenance, and Relationship Satisfaction
Dainton, Marianne
College Student Journal, v47 n1 p113-121 Mar 2013
Previous research indicates that the primary reason college students use Facebook is for relationship maintenance. The present study sought to determine the relationship between Facebook maintenance and general maintenance efforts in college student romantic relationships, as well as the impacts of such behaviors on the relationship. Survey data were collected from 189 individuals in romantic relationships. Based on previous research, scale items were developed to measure the use of positivity, assurances, and openness via Facebook. Results indicate that the scale items loaded onto the predicted factors, and that they demonstrated internal reliability. However, the correlations between the general versions of assurances and positivity and the online measures of those same behaviors were not strong, and the correlation between the general version of openness and the online version of that behavior was insignificant. Facebook positivity was moderately, positively correlated with relationship satisfaction, and Facebook assurances demonstrated a slight, positive correlation with relationship satisfaction. When controlling for more general maintenance behavior, Facebook positivity was the sole online behavior to predict satisfaction, contributing only three percent of the variance of relational satisfaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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