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“Okay, We Need To Figure This Out”: Exploring The Impact Of A Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis On Relational Turbulence And Satisfaction In The Romantic Relationships Of Emerging Adults, Sarah Quinn Wadsworth Apr 2018

“Okay, We Need To Figure This Out”: Exploring The Impact Of A Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis On Relational Turbulence And Satisfaction In The Romantic Relationships Of Emerging Adults, Sarah Quinn Wadsworth

Communication Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this project was to examine the impact of a generalized anxiety disorder diagnosis in the romantic relationships of emerging adults. By applying the Relational Turbulence Model (RTM), my goal was to uncover how relational confidence and partner interference were affected by the diagnosis as a turbulent event. After conducting 12 in-person interviews with individuals who had been diagnosed with anxiety in their romantic relationships, a few key themes emerged. My findings indicate that most couples had different relational satisfaction levels post-diagnosis. Additionally, participants who reported higher relational confidence levels post-diagnosis were able to maintain their relationships, while ...


“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron Jan 2016

“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study is an ethnographic account of the Communication Improvement Group, an eating disorder (ED) support group that practices a communication skill, nonviolent communication (NVC), as a way of coping with their illness. By situating the study in literature on social support and communication skills training programs, I examine how and why members of the Communication Improvement Group find NVC useful and meaningful for their recovery from an ED. Influenced by cultural communication and the ethnography of communication, this study uses speech codes theory to examine the shared cultural premises informing two communication practices occurring within the group: the practice ...