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ResearchBox # 777 - 'From Close to Ghost'

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Study 2

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  Study 3 - AsPredicted #69064.pdf





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Leckfor CM, Wood NR, Slatcher RB, Hales AH. (2023) 'From close to ghost: Examining the relationship between the need for closure, intentions to ghost, and reactions to being ghosted'. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. :026540752211499.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075221149955

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December 20, 2022   (files may not be changed, deleted, or added)

Natasha Wood (nwood2@go.olemiss.edu)
Christina Leckfor (cmleckfor@uga.edu)
Andrew Hales (ahales@olemiss.edu)
Richard Slatcher (Richard.Slatcher@uga.edu)

Ghosting—the act of ending a relationship by ceasing communication without explanation—is a type of ostracism that threatens a person’s basic psychological needs for belonging, self-esteem, meaningful existence, and control. The experience of ghosting creates uncertainty within the relationship and may vary based on individual differences in the need for closure, which is the desire to avoid ambiguity. Across three preregistered studies with emerging adults, we predicted that a greater need for closure would be associated with lower intentions to use ghosting (Studies 1 and 2) and lower needs satisfaction after being ghosted (Study 3). Results from Study 1 (N = 553) and Study 2 (N = 411) were inconsistent, but together indicate that a higher need for closure is not negatively associated—and may be positively associated—with ghosting intentions. In Study 3 (N = 545), participants who recalled a time when they were ghosted reported lower needs satisfaction than included and directly rejected participants. Further, a higher need for closure was associated with lower needs satisfaction after being ghosted and after being directly rejected, but with greater needs satisfaction after being included. Overall, these findings suggest that the need for closure is less influential when deciding how to end a relationship, but it appears to play an important role in amplifying both positive and negative experiences within a relationship.