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Title: The Use of Communication Technology by Couples in Long-Distance Committed Relationships: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
Authors: Duret, Kimberly
Supervisor(s): Dr. Simon Nuttgens (Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines).
Examining Committee: Dr. Jeff Chang Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines
Lawrence Murphy, University of Toronto
Degree: Master of Counselling
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: communication technology
long-distance relationships
Committed Relationships
Issue Date: 19-Dec-2018
Abstract: Little is known about the role that communication technology plays in the relationship of committed couples who are physically separated. This study used interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) to explore the lived experience of couples who identify as married, engaged, or common law, and their use of communication technology within the context of their relationship. A homogeneous sample of four couples were interviewed using a web-based group conference program which allowed the researcher and the two partners to meet together regardless of physical location. Data analysis revealed 17 subthemes situated within six superordinate themes: Advantages of Technology, Disadvantages of Technology, Relational Adjustment, Technology as Essential, Reaching Out, and Technology Medium. In addition, the couples’ perception of the longevity of their physical separation is explored. Limitations of the research, implications for practice, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Graduation Date: 2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/277
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