How Americans communicate affection: findings from a representative national sample
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CitationFloyd, K., Morman, M. T., Maré, J., & Holmes, E. (2021). How Americans communicate affection: Findings from a representative national sample. Communication Quarterly.
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AbstractHumans are highly social beings who need intimate relationships to thrive and survive. Integral to human physical and emotional wellness is the need for affection. A substantial body of evidence has found that expressing and receiving affection with significant others is associated with a multitude of positive health outcomes. The primary goal of the current study was to create a generalizable typology of affectionate behaviors embedded within close relationships and experienced within the daily lives of U.S. American adults from across the country. The study identified 13 discrete forms of daily affectionate communication. Implications for such a typology of daily affection within the United States are discussed. © 2021 Eastern Communication Association.
Note18 month embargo; published online: 21 July 2021
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