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dc.contributor.authorWorley, Timothy Ryan
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examined associations between variability and incongruity in interactants’ goals, messages and conflict outcomes during serial argumentation. Seventy-five heterosexual romantic couples engaged in a ten-minute video-recorded discussion of a real-life, ongoing relational argument. Following discussions, each member of the dyad individually reviewed video of the interaction and reported the salience of self, partner, relationship, and task goals at one-minute intervals. Goal variability was conceptualized as the overall degree of variation in individuals’ goals across the course of an interaction. Females’ self- and task goal variability, along with males’ partner goal variability, had negative linear associations with male perceptions of conflict resolution; these associations were not observed for females’ perceptions of resolution. Goal incongruity, defined as discrepancy between partners’ goal ratings at the same time point, was not generally associated with conflict resolution or incidence of dyadic demand-withdrawal conflict patterns. Finally, individuals’ goals at one minute were associated with some partner goals at the next minute. However, contrary to predictions, these associations were not mediated by individuals’ verbal messages.
dc.subjectSerial Argumentation
dc.subjectGoal Variability
dc.subjectGoal Incongruity
dc.subjectRomantic Relationships
dc.subjectConflict Resolution
dc.subjectDemand-Withdrawal Communication
dc.titleGoal variability in serial argumentation
dc.title.alternativea dyadic sequential analysis
dc.description.departmentSpeech Communication
dc.description.majorSpeech Communication
dc.description.advisorJennifer Samp
dc.description.committeeJennifer Samp
dc.description.committeeLijiang Shen
dc.description.committeeTina M. Harris
dc.description.committeeJody Clay-Warner

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