Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Sinclair, H. Colleen

Committee Member

Adams-Price, Carolyn

Committee Member

Giesen, Martin J.

Date of Degree

1-1-2014

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

The present study applied the Investment Model (IM) to predict obsessive relational intrusion (ORI). Participants (n=685) were randomly assigned to read vignettes about a hypothetical relationship termination that manipulated 1) type of rejection, 2) level of investment, and 3) quality of alternatives. Next, participants were asked to report how likely it was that they would engage in pursuit (e.g., leaving gifts and calling) and aggressive (e.g., threatening behaviors) ORI. Contrary to predictions, results indicate that although level of investment affected one’s likelihood of engaging in ORI, quality of alternatives did not. Further, it was expected that a more explicit rejection would lead to greater ORI; however, I found that no rejection lead to more pursuit ORI than either internal or external rejection conditions.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17962

Comments

investment model||rejection||stalking||obsessive relational intrusion

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