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Running head: TRANSGRESSIONS AND COMMUNICATION 1 Journal Article Analysis: The Influence of Transgressions in Dating Relationships on Communication Jonathan E. Grant Georgia Southern University March 3, 2011
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TRANSGRESSIONS AND COMMUNICATION 2 Journal Article Analysis: The Influence of Transgressions in Dating Relationships on Communication Guerrero and Bachman (2008) perform research through the discovery paradigm. The truth by discovery is attainable through the precise and repetitive observation during research, and defined by the discrimination and generalization of cases to find new cases (Merrigan & Huston, 2004). This paradigm presents one objective reality, which stems from prediction. The study presents three hypotheses and a research question that seek a singular reality of the commitment level and the communication type that the individuals used after experiencing transgressions in the relationship. The researchers go on to propose that the commitment level did not get any affect from the bases of dependence—quality of alternatives, levels of satisfaction, and level of investments—but rather that the commitment is directly associated with communication following relational transgressions (Guerrero & Bachman, 2008). Importance of Topic This topic is significant because dating relationships are the source of both pleasure and pain (Jones, Kugler, & Adams, 1995). Also, by researching the bases of dependence and commitment levels it is important to gain insight and extend Rusbult’s investment model, which examines seven types of communication following relational transgressions (Guerrero & Bachman, 2008). Romantic relationships always pose serious challenges once transgressions are added to the picture; therefore, it is important that individuals understand how to constructively, not destructively, communicate after the situation in order to repair the relationship. Dating relationships ultimately affect almost everything in society to a certain extent, and the statistics and failure rate in the United States are down as of today. Studies such as this will go a long way in solving the problem.
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TRANSGRESSIONS AND COMMUNICATION 3 Research Claim The research claim that the examiners (Guerrero & Bachman, 2008) look to establish is that satisfaction, investment, and low-quality alternatives act as buffers to help people communicate more constructively in the face of such relational threats like sexual infidelity, third-party dating, and deception. Furthermore, the claim states that the commitment is associated with the bases of dependence prior to the transgressions, but rather commitment is
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