Deception in Romantic Relationships Article Review by scribbler

Deception in Romantic Relationships
A review of Tim Cole's study entitled, "Lying to the One You Love: The Use of Deception in Romantic Relationships".
# 153246 | 1,500 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 09, 2013 in Psychology (Social) , Women Studies (Marriage)

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The paper looks at the article, "Lying to the One You Love: The Use of Deception in Romantic Relationships", where Tim Cole, a researcher in the Department of Communication at DePaul University, reports on his study that examined the reasons people deceive their romantic partners. The paper relates the theoretical background of the study, his eight hypotheses and his two research questions, and outlines his methodology that utilized a survey questionnaire. The paper explains how this questionnaire was crafted to examine the variations in deception between romantic partners, explore the factors that explain those variations, and find out how deception is related to the functioning of romantic relationships. The paper describes the study's findings as well as the limitation of the methodology but points out that it is to the author's credit that he acknowledges the feedback he received from others.

From the Paper:

"Using these theoretical backgrounds, Cole develops eight hypotheses and two research questions. The hypotheses are: 1) Relational commitment and satisfaction are inversely related to the belief that a partner engages in deception; 2) One's use of deception is related to the belief that a partner is dishonest; 3) Lower levels of commitment will be related to the use of deception; 4) A positive relationship exists between deceptive behavior and the extent to which romantic partners are perceived to react negatively when receiving unwanted information; 5) Deceiving one's partner will be inversely related to one's own reports of intimacy and perceived understanding; 6) Being successfully misled is related to satisfaction with and commitment to one's partner; 7) Fear of intimacy is positively related to the use of deception; and 8) Fear of abandonment is positively related to the use of deceptive communication. The first research question is: Are perceptions of a partner's dishonesty related to the extent that a partner engages in deception? The second research question is: Do the explanations offered contribute to our understanding of the use of deception when they are simultaneously considered?
"Cole's method of study was a questionnaire that was composed from a few different sources, all of them demonstrating acceptable reliability. A 9-item scale that was developed in a pilot study that preceded this one measured a subject's use of deception and the subject's partner's perceived use of deception."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cole, T. (2001). Lying to the one you love: The use of deception in romantic relationships.Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 18(1): 107-129.

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