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Master of Science (MS)
Human Development and Family Studies
Ryan B. Seedall
Ryan B. Seedall
In this master’s thesis, I conducted a quantitative study using data from 190 individuals in a committed couple relationship where at least one partner is dealing with problematic pornography use to better understand the relationship of blame and maladaptive guilt/ shame with couple communication patterns and couple satisfaction. All 190 individuals independently completed an online anonymous questionnaire consisting of various quantitative assessments measuring my study variables (e.g., blame, maladaptive guilt/ shame, couple communication, couple satisfaction, problematic pornography use).
I used an individual data analysis to examine how study variables related to individual outcomes. The first analysis revealed that general blame and general maladaptive guilt/ shame was significantly associated with less constructive communication, blame was significantly associated to higher self-demand/partner-withdraw behavior, and both maladaptive guilt/ shame and blame was significantly associated to higher partner-demand/self-withdraw behavior. The second analysis highlighted that maladaptive guilt/ shame was significantly associated with less couple satisfaction.
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Otani, Joshua K., "The Relationship Between Blame, Maladaptive Guilt/ Shame, Couple Communication, and Relationship Satisfaction in Pornography Users" (2024). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Fall 2023 to Present. 112.
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