Date of Award

January 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Alan King


Relationship Effects of Actions, Control, and Temperament Scale (REACTS) has been designed to fill a gap in the literature addressing emotional reactions to hypothetical partner behaviors. The REACTS (intially100 items) was reduced to 24 items following an exploratory factor analysis, resulting in 4 factors: Jealousy and Control, Relationship Consciousness, Infidelity, and Substance Use. Temporal stability was established using a college sample (n = 71). Internal consistency was established for both a college and an online national sample (N = 879) after accounting for inclusion/ exclusion criteria. While it was expected that convergent validity would be established with a measure of relationship maintenance difficulty and a weekly stress inventory, these correlations did not meet the a priori established cut off (r = .45). However, significant differences were found for gender and sexual orientation. Multiple one-way ANOVAs demonstrated no significant relationships among predictors and criterion factors. Future directions for research are discussed. and direct measurement of cortical functioning are warranted to clarify the impact of features on matrix reasoning performance.