College of Communication Master of Arts Theses

Date of Award

Summer 7-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Communication

First Advisor

Dr. Sean Horan

Second Advisor

Dr. Tim Cole


Feeling affection is a key component of romantic relationships, and affectionate communication is associated with a myriad of positive relational benefits; but what happens when that communication is not an honest reflection of an individual’s true feelings, but instead is used deceptively? The purpose of this study, therefore, was to explore the relationship between frequency of deceptive affection and: an individuals’ beliefs about deception, frequency of deception, and the relational qualities of commitment and satisfaction. Results indicated no relationship exists between the frequency of deceptive affectionate message (DAM) use and an individual’s beliefs about deception, though, a negative relationship was found between general partner deception and all four of the beliefs about deception studied. Additionally, results indicated that frequency of DAM use was unrelated to commitment and satisfaction, but that general deception was negatively related to these two relational qualities. Additional findings, limitations and future research are discussed.

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Communication Commons