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Computer-Mediated Communication in Intimate Relationships: Associations of Boundary Crossing, Intrusion, Relationship Satisfaction, and Partner Responsiveness

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About the Course:

People now use mobile devices on a daily basis to share and communicate in many ways, such as through text messaging and Facebook. This article presents research on computer-mediated communication (CMC) and its effect on committed couples’ relationships. Results of this study suggested that participants’ reports of online boundary crossing were linked with lower relationship satisfaction and partner responsiveness; lower relationship satisfaction and partner responsiveness were also associated with increased online boundary crossing.

This course is based on the article, Computer-Mediated Communication in Intimate Relationships: Associations of Boundary Crossing, Intruism, Relationship Satisfaction, and Partner Responsiveness created by Aaron Norton, PhD, et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(1) 2018

Course Material Authors

Aaron Norton, PhD

Dr. Aaron Norton is a core faculty member in the PhD Program in Human Sexuality at California Institute of Integral Studies. Aaron’s main areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies, science & technology studies, social studies of risk and quantification, and the biopolitics of HIV-prevention. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Joyce Baptist, PhD, LCMFT

Dr. Baptist is a professor at Kansas State University. Her clinical research examines the efficacy of extending Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy beyond trauma to include depression. Her other research interests include resilience in military families, cross-cultural understanding of emerging adults, and issues affecting sustainability in cultural minority families. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Bernie Hogan, PhD

Bernie Hogan (PhD Toronto, 2009) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Research Associate at the Department of Sociology. With training in sociology and computer science, Hogan focuses on how social networks and social media can be designed to empower people to build stronger relationships and stronger communities. Hogan has published in a wide variety of venues, inlcuding peer-reviewed papers in sociology journals.

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This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and addiction counselors who seek knowledge about computer-mediated communication in intimate relationships. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the couple and family technology (CFT) framework.

  2. Discuss the potential consequences of online intrusion.

  3. Identify salient results of the present study.

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Course Material

References begin on page 32.

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