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Natacia Pereira and Lexi Pulice-Farrow start off the PSY 400 SpARC presentations with their study on the role of parental rejection in Trait Anxiety and interpersonal relationships. This is a two part study where both Natacia and Lexi analyze the same effects but with different interpersonal relationships. The focus for Lexi’s study was on romantic relationships, specifically with couples who are cohabitating. Natacia’s focus was on interpersonal relationships in general. The section of their study connected to rejection used the PARTheory. This is a bi polar scale based on acceptance and rejection in early development. Another part of their study was related to Trait Anxiety, which is a person’s baseline anxiety.

Lexi’s study had four hypotheses: 

– Participants who cohabitate with a romantic partner will report more parental rejection than those who do not.

– Participants who cohabitate with a romantic partner will report more maternal rejection than those who do not.

– Relationship between parental rejection and trait anxiety will be greater.

– Relationship between maternal rejection and trait anxiety will be greater.

Through the use of the Adult Parental Acceptance-Rejection questionnaire: father/mother and the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety surveys Lexi was able to conclude that Cohabiting had marginally more rejection within participants. There was also a strong correlation between trait anxiety and rejection.

Natacia’s hypotheses were:

– Trait anxiety mediates the relationship between paternal rejection.

– Trait anxiety mediates the relationship between maternal rejection.

She used the same questionnaires for her study as Lexi with the addition of the Interpersonal Relationship Anxiety Questionnaire because her study focused on general interpersonal relationships as opposed to Lexi’s focus on romantic and cohabiting relationships. Natacia’s results pointed to the conclusion that parental rejection led to more trait anxiety and more Interpersonal Relationship Anxiety. 

Both Lexi and Natacia expressed similar strengths and weaknesses for their study. Through their use of the internet and social media in distributing their questionnaires they were able to reach a very wide geographical range. Unfortunately, they both studied predominately caucasian females. Both have expressed an interest in studying a much more diverse sample and Natacia would like to look at other correlations.