Loss and the Organization of Affect

Kyle W. Murdock, Christopher P. Fagundes, M. Christine Lovejoy

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The present studies evaluated the association between positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) following romantic relationship loss experiences, as well as following less stressful romantic relationship situations, given theoretical evidence that the structure of affect may differ following a relationship loss. Across two studies, evidence suggested that the association between NA and PA was more strongly inverse following romantic relationship loss experiences when compared to less stressful relationship experiences. Such findings provide important implications for the study of romantic relationship loss, as well as the treatment of psychopathology following romantic relationship loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-228
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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