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The Influence of Cuddling on Relational Health for Cohabitating Couples

Abstract Affection represents a positive and often intimate psychological state (Floyd & Morman, 1998) that is communicated through verbal, nonverbal, and social supportive behaviors. A formidable research literature indicates that receiving and expressing affection significantly benefits health. One form of affection that may produce these benefits is cuddling. Cuddling includes intimate, physical, and loving whole-body contact that does not necessarily include sexual activity and tends to be reserved for very intimate relationships. Working from affectionate exchange theory (Floyd, 2001), this study’s purpose is to examine the effects of cuddling on relational health for individuals living with their spouse. To test a causal relationship betwe... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor van Raalte, Lisa Joanne (Author) / Floyd, Kory (Advisor) / Mongeau, Paul (Advisor) / Burleson, Mary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Social research / Social psychology / Affection / Affection exchange theory / Cuddling / Experiment / Married couples / Relational satisfaction
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 109 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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