The catastrophe theory of attitudes (Latane & Nowak, 1994) suggests that important interpersonal relationships will elicit extreme reactions. One hundred fifty-one college students wrote about a positive, negative, or recent event with their romantic partner and an acquaintance and rated how satisfied they were with the relationship during the event. Romantic relationships led to more extreme reactions, and the more important the relationship, the more extreme the satisfaction.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Ingram, Stephanie; Jagodzinski, Michelle; and Harton, Helen C.
"The Catastrophic Theory of Attitudes as it Relates to the Importance of Romantic and Nonromantic Relationships,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 3:
1, Article 20.
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