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Post-breakup unwanted pursuit: a refined analysis of the role of romantic relationship characteristics

Olivia De Smet (UGent) , Tom Loeys (UGent) and Ann Buysse (UGent)
(2012) JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. 27(5). p.437-452
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This study re-examined the role of romantic relationship characteristics in unwanted pursuit behavior (UPB) perpetration. Relationship characteristics were investigated accounting for the role of breakup characteristics using data from 396 divorced adults and advanced count regressions. The main effects of former relationship characteristics (except conflict) did not contribute explained variance to the frequency of UPBs when controlling for significant breakup characteristics (initiator status and post-breakup negative affect). However, moderator analyses revealed significant effects of relationship satisfaction, alternatives, investments, and anxious attachment in interaction with initiator status and of relationship alternatives in interaction with post-breakup negative affect. These findings illustrate that the association between relationship characteristics and UPB perpetration is more complex than previously thought and are theoretically and clinically valuable.
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SOCIAL DESIRABILITY SCALE, CLOSE RELATIONSHIP, ATTACHMENT STYLES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INVESTMENT MODEL, FORMER PARTNERS, STALKING, BREAKUP, SATISFACTION, REGRESSION, Unwanted pursuit behavior, Stalking, Breakup, Divorce, Adult attachment style, Investment model, Relational conflict, Count regression

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De Smet, Olivia, Tom Loeys, and Ann Buysse. 2012. “Post-breakup Unwanted Pursuit: a Refined Analysis of the Role of Romantic Relationship Characteristics.” Journal of Family Violence 27 (5): 437–452.
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De Smet, O., Loeys, T., & Buysse, A. (2012). Post-breakup unwanted pursuit: a refined analysis of the role of romantic relationship characteristics. JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, 27(5), 437–452.
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De Smet O, Loeys T, Buysse A. Post-breakup unwanted pursuit: a refined analysis of the role of romantic relationship characteristics. JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE. 2012;27(5):437–52.
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De Smet, Olivia, Tom Loeys, and Ann Buysse. “Post-breakup Unwanted Pursuit: a Refined Analysis of the Role of Romantic Relationship Characteristics.” JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE 27.5 (2012): 437–452. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study re-examined the role of romantic relationship characteristics in unwanted pursuit behavior (UPB) perpetration. Relationship characteristics were investigated accounting for the role of breakup characteristics using data from 396 divorced adults and advanced count regressions. The main effects of former relationship characteristics (except conflict) did not contribute explained variance to the frequency of UPBs when controlling for significant breakup characteristics (initiator status and post-breakup negative affect). However, moderator analyses revealed significant effects of relationship satisfaction, alternatives, investments, and anxious attachment in interaction with initiator status and of relationship alternatives in interaction with post-breakup negative affect. These findings illustrate that the association between relationship characteristics and UPB perpetration is more complex than previously thought and are theoretically and clinically valuable.},
  author       = {De Smet, Olivia and Loeys, Tom and Buysse, Ann},
  issn         = {0885-7482},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {437--452},
  title        = {Post-breakup unwanted pursuit: a refined analysis of the role of romantic relationship characteristics},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9437-1},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2012},
}

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