Guided by social exchange theory, this article presents two studies examining relational baggage. In Study 1, individuals in romantic relationships reported they most often used overt information-seeking tactics to discover a partner's relational baggage, and relational baggage harm and third-party discovery negatively related to relationship satisfaction. In Study 2, unattached individuals reported that their own relational baggage was positively related to dating anxiety, and negatively linked with mate value and interpersonal communication competence. The results provide insight into relational baggage and the communicative processes used to negotiate romantic relationship initiation and development.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Western Journal of Communication|
|State||Published - Oct 20 2015|
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- Mate Value
- Relational Baggage
- Romantic Relationships
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics