The Effectiveness of Weight Management Influence Messages in Romantic Relationships

Charee Mooney Thompson, Lynsey Kluever Romo, René M. Dailey

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This study assessed the effectiveness of weight management conversations reported by participants (n = 158) using Dillard, Wilson, Tusing, and Kinney's (1997) three influence dimensions: explicitness, dominance, and reasoning. In addition, the study assessed the potential mediating roles of politeness and resistance. Results showed that dominance was related to effectiveness, and that both politeness and resistance mediated this relationship. Reasoning was indirectly related to effectiveness through politeness. Overall, findings suggest that if romantic partners want to influence one another to enact healthy behaviors, they should address face needs, give reasons for their requests, and refrain from being dominating or too forceful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Interpersonal Influence
  • Romantic Partners
  • Weight Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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