Romantic partner communication about weight management: impact of personal and relational characteristics on message interpretation and health attitude outcomes

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dc.contributor.advisor Dailey, René M.
dc.creator Richards, Andrea Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-05T19:35:31Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-05T19:35:31Z
dc.date.created 2009-05
dc.date.issued 2010-02-05T19:35:31Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/6897
dc.description.abstract Guided by a conceptual framework regarding how supportive messages interpreted as negatively controlling are related to individuals’ relational health and weight management efforts, this research explored participants’ interpretations of their romantic partner’s weight management messages in a two-phase study. In phase one, college students were presented with a sample of supportive weight management messages. Participants were asked to describe the degree to which each message communicated support and negative control as well as respond to items concerning their personal and relational characteristics. In phase two, participants were asked to report a memorable weight management message they received from their current romantic partner. These messages were then assessed for their degree of support and negative control by the participant. Additionally, students responded to measures concerning how perceptions of their health attitude and relational qualities changed after receiving the message. Results from phase one indicated that readiness to change, body esteem, external and internal locus of control, history of received support, and level of relational distress were all significant predictors of interpreting a supportive weight management message as negatively controlling. Phase two results indicated that perceived negative control in a partner’s weight management message is a significant predictor of perceived level of trust in their relationship, weight management commitment, exercise self-efficacy, diet self-efficacy, and perceived negative change in relational quality. The relevance of perceived negative control for relational functioning and health attitudes is discussed.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject Weight management
dc.subject Communication
dc.subject Romantic relationships
dc.subject Support
dc.subject Negative control
dc.subject Health attitude
dc.subject Weight management messages
dc.subject Relational functioning
dc.title Romantic partner communication about weight management: impact of personal and relational characteristics on message interpretation and health attitude outcomes
dc.description.department Communication Studies
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Communication Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Communication Studies
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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