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Designing and testing a risk regulation intervention to increase relationship initiation among individuals with lower self-esteem

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dc.contributor.supervisor Cameron, Jessica (Psychology) en
dc.contributor.author Hole, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-20T16:59:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-20T16:59:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-20T16:59:59Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4392
dc.description.abstract Social risk elicits an internal struggle between wanting to form significant relationships (i.e., connectedness goals) and avoiding rejection (i.e., self-protection goals). The current research tested an intervention designed to reduce perceptions of risk for low self-esteem individuals (LSEs). However, the intervention did not function as anticipated and regardless of self-esteem level, participants reported lower perceived acceptance and lower state self-esteem in the intervention condition compared to the control. In a post-session two weeks following the manipulation, high self-esteem individuals (HSEs) in the intervention appear to not only recover, but actually reported significantly more perceived regard and global self-esteem than HSEs in the control. A second study investigated the impact of the intervention in light of these surprising findings. Results suggest that viewing the intervention video in a socially risky situation caused both HSEs and LSEs to experience social threat. In contrast, the control video actually served to reduce social risk. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject social personality psychology en
dc.subject self-esteem en
dc.subject relationships en
dc.subject risk-regulation en
dc.subject perceptions of acceptance en
dc.title Designing and testing a risk regulation intervention to increase relationship initiation among individuals with lower self-esteem en
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Morry, Marian (Psychology) Albas, Daniel (Sociology) en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en
dc.description.note May 2011 en


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