Individual Talks 4

  • 11:30 am To 1:00 pm on July 20, 2019
  • Gallery Room 2 Bramber House

Bistrategic Behaviour within Adolescent Girls’ Classroom-Based Friendship Groups

This study examined the moderating role of aggression in links between prosocial behaviour and peer status within girls’ friendship groups. Participants (N=165; grades 6-8) completed questionnaires in their classrooms, identifying their friendship group and assessing elements of the interpersonal relationships within their group. Results indicated prosocial behaviour was positively related to dominance at high relational aggression (RA), yet prosocial behaviour was negatively related to dominance at low RA. Further, prosocial behaviour was positively related to likeability at high (but not low) RA. Prosocial behaviour may allow girls to maintain positive relationships; simultaneously, RA can enable girls to achieve peer status.

The Future is Now: A Review of New Methods for Online Data Collection for Relationship Research

The field of relationship research continuously needs more valid and reliable data that collectively improve theories and models. Using new methods of online data-collection, more quality data can be produced to meet those needs. This presentation is a review of online methods used by the authors to collect three data types: longitudinal (1 study; N=328), randomized (1 study; N = 224), and dyadic (2 studies; Nstudy1 = 160 couples & Nstudy2 = 164 couples). The purpose of this presentation is to provide relationship scholars access to tested methods needed to conduct these three forms of data collection.

What is the Nature of a Relationship With a Professional Helper That Acts as a Force for Good in the Lives of Young People Who Face Significant Disadvantage?

Over the last three decades, the preferred response to social need has been to prevent or reduce the risks that threaten the health and development of individuals. However, for young people facing multiple and severe risks to their development this standard approach to deal with need runs into difficulty. My qualitative data, collected in the context of severe and multiple disadvantage across 16 U.K. and U.S. organisations, puts much greater emphasis on connection, on helping the young person to re-connect with the world. (Disadvantage may continue but the young person is better able to cope with its effects).

Personal Growth Following Romantic Breakups Among Emerging Adults: The role of attachment and forgiveness

Although reactions to romantic breakups among emerging adults are generally associated with negative psychological consequences, recent literature points out that there might be also positive changes after a romantic dissolution, phenomenon known as personal growth (Tedeschi & Callhoun, 2004). The purpose of this research was to examine the mediating role of dispositional forgiveness of self and others in the associations between romantic attachment personal growth, following a romantic breakup in a sample of 727 Chilean emerging adults (M = 21.91, SD = 2.68).Results obtained showed that attachment dimensions were inversely associated with the tendency to forgive self and others. Only self forgiveness was related to higher levels of personal growth breakup. No direct effect was found between romantic attachment on personal growth. Instead, it was observed an indirect effect of attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance on personal growth, through self forgiveness, controlling for gender and time since the breakup.