Direct and Mediated Effects of Perceived Father Criticism and Sarcasm on Females’ Perceptions of Relational Partners’ Disconfirming Behavior

Michael J. Beatty, Jean A. Dobos

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Abstract

Extending previous theory and research, a causal model was tested in which adult males’ perceptions of criticism and sarcasm from their fathers were exogenous variables and males ‘ perceived confirmation and relational partners ‘ reports of male partners’ disconfirming behavior were endogenous variables. Consistent with expectations based on the men’s literature, confirmation theory, and previous research, perceptions of both criticism and sarcasm contributed significantly, explaining 44.8 percent of the variance, to the prediction of adult sons’ perceived confirmation scores. Furthermore, 75.87 percent of the variance in females’ assessment of relational partners’ disconfirming communication was explained by the model. Perceived criticism and sarcasm demonstrated direct in addition to indirect effects mediated by perceived confirmation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1993

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • confirmation
  • expectancy theory
  • perceptions of criticism
  • sarcasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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