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Multimodal Communication, Idealization, and Relational Quality in College Students' Parental Relationships

Abstract This study described the multimodal communication patterns of college students and their parents, and examined how face-to-face and mediated communication frequencies relate to parental idealization and relational quality. Undergraduate students (N = 678) completed an online survey that assessed indicators of idealization (idealistic distortion and positive affect thinking), relational quality (relational/communication satisfaction, and relational closeness), and the frequency of face-to-face and mediated parental communication. Results indicated that average college students communicate with their primary parent 23 times per week, mostly via phone calls, text messaging, and face-to-face interaction. The frequency of mediated communication ... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Bryant, Erin Michelle (Author) / Ramirez Jr., Artemio (Advisor) / Floyd, Kory (Committee member) / Valiente, Carlos (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / computer-mediated communication / emerging adulthood / hyperpersonal perspective / multimodal communication / parent-child relationships / partner idealization
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 153 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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