Date of Award

5-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Psychology

Advisor

Rosopa, Patrick J.

Committee Member

Brainerd , Edwin

Committee Member

Kowalski , Robin M.

Committee Member

Pury , Cynthia

Abstract

ABSTRACT
The purpose of the current study was to propose amendments to Pierce, Byrne, and Aguinis' (1996) model of workplace romance. Specifically, based on prior research and theory, moderators of the relation between the desire to engage in a workplace romance and the willingness to engage in a workplace romance were examined. Additional consequences of engaging in workplace romances were also proposed. Data were collected from both student (N = 347) and employee (N =172) samples at a mid-sized southern university. Additional employee data were collected from a small technical college and an on-line professional networking site. Using a 2 × 2 × 3 fractional factorial experimental design, the motive to engage in a workplace romance (i.e., love or job), relationship to the romantic interest (i.e., hierarchical vs. lateral), and the organizational policy regarding workplace romances (i.e., none, moderate, and strict) were manipulated in an online survey. Personality variables and attitudes about workplace romances were also measured. Attitudes about workplace romances were positively related to the willingness to engage in a workplace romance. Tolerant organizational policies and love motives were also significant predictors of the willingness to engage in a workplace romance. Conscientiousness was negatively related to the willingness to engage in a workplace romance and was mediated by attitudes about workplace romances. Additionally, relationship secrecy was proposed as a predictor of projected life and job satisfaction. Relationship secrecy was negatively related to both projected life and job satisfaction. Implications for the workplace are discussed.

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