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Brittany Jakubiak, Carnegie Mellon University
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2016 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Hand-in-hand combat: An experimental test of affectionate touch to promote relational well-being and buffer stress during couple conflict

Romantic couples benefit from having constructive rather than destructive conflicts, but there have been limited attempts to influence conflict behaviors and to reduce the stress of relational conflicts using non-intensive interventions. My dissertation research will test experimentally whether engaging in affectionate touch (i.e., holding hands) before and during a conflict promotes positive relational behaviors and perceptions and buffers the stress of the conflict.


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