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The relationship between rejection sensitivity of online dating app users’ mental well-being and self-esteem

Mahdavifar, Shadi (2020) The relationship between rejection sensitivity of online dating app users’ mental well-being and self-esteem.

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Abstract:Research showed that trait rejection-sensitivity in intimate relationships has negative influences on one’s mental well-being and self-esteem. In the modern world, online dating is a popular tool to look for intimate relationships. Nevertheless, rejection can also occur on these platforms. Therefore, this study focuses on investigating what effects rejection sensitivity has on the mental well-being and self-esteem of online dating app users. The second objective is to determine if low self-esteem moderates the relationship between mental well-being and rejection sensitivity in the online context. In the online survey a total of 166 individuals participated with a mean age of 23.4. The materials used in this study were three self-reported questionnaires: the Adult Rejection Sensitivity questionnaire, the Mental Health Short Continuum Scale, and the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale. Firstly, the results showed that rejection sensitivity is not related to mental well-being for online dating app users. Secondly, rejection sensitivity showed to have a significant positive association with self-esteem. Lastly, the results indicated that low self-esteem has no moderating effect on the relationship between rejection sensitivity and mental well-being. It was suggested that rejection sensitive individuals could benefit from online dating as it is not associated with worse mental well-being, but is associated with heightened self-esteem.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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