Understanding Relationship Maintenance Behaviors and Video Game Use Effects in Romantic Relationships

Sponsor: Game Studies Division
Thu, 11/17: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM CST
Marriott 
Room: Preservation Hall Studio 8 - 2nd Floor 
Relationship maintenance strategies promote relational quality in couples. The maintenance strategies measure includes positivity, openness, assurances, networks, sharing tasks, conflict management, and advice. Studies have suggested that playing video games together can be advantageous for the preservation of romantic relationships. Additionally, personal goals determine whether couples will choose to engage in cooperative or competitive co-play. Therefore, the current study investigates how couples employ behaviors to manage their relationship through video game co-play and how the strategies might differ between competition and cooperation.

Author

Igor Kanashiro Balota, Texas Tech University  - Contact Me

Co-Author(s)

Thomas Richard Wagner, Xavier University  - Contact Me
Nicholas David Bowman, Syracuse University  - Contact Me
Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Texas Tech University  - Contact Me