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LGBTQ+ dating : online dating and its effect on well-being and relationship satisfaction in young adults

Kirchhoff, A. (2021) LGBTQ+ dating : online dating and its effect on well-being and relationship satisfaction in young adults.

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Abstract:In the quickly changing landscape of dating and the pursuit of romantic relationships, online dating and its effects have been of special interest. Relationships that formed through online dating apps are associated with lower relationship satisfaction. In turn, lower relationship satisfaction has been shown to decrease well-being in individuals. Similarly, dating app use is associated with higher levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms. The implications of these effects are of even greater importance to the groups that report the highest usage: young adults and LGBTQ+ individuals. The current study investigated the association between a relationship’s origin (online or offline) and the satisfaction experienced in these relationships and on a person’s level of well-being in young adults between members of the LGBTQ+ community and those who are heterosexual and cisgender. Relationship satisfaction was expected to mediate the negative association of online relationship origin with well-being. Additionally, being part of the LGBTQ+ community was expected to moderate the association of relationship origin with relationship satisfaction.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86790
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