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2018, Cilt 8, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 062-072
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2018.248
An Analysis of the Problem Solving Skills in the Romantic Relations in Terms of Empathy and Mental Well Being
Özgür Salih KAYA
Atatürk University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Rize, Turkey
Keywords: Romantic relationship, Problem solving, Empathy, Mental well-being

The purpose of this study was to investigate the university students’ problem solving skills that they face in their romantic relationships in terms of on empathy and mental well-being levels of these individuals and some demographic variables. Data were collected from 284 female and 226 male, a total of 510 students studying at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University in 2016-2017 academic year autumn semester. The personal information form designed by the researcher, Problem Solving in Romantic Relationship Scale for Adolescents, Basic Empathy Scale, Mental Well-being Scale were used to collect data. Pearson correlation, multiple regression from relational research methods and independent samples t test from comparative research methods were used. Data was analyzed using SPSS 24.0 package. It was found that there was a positive but low level relationship between empathy and mental well-being. It was also found that there was a negative low level relationship between empathy and emotional and physical abuse, a positive but mid-level significance between empathy and tendency towards the problem. There was a negative low-level significant relationship between mental well-being and physical and emotional abuse, a positive mid level significant relationship between mental well-being and tendency towards the problem. A multiple regression analysis was conducted by assuming that empathy and mental well-being explain the problem solving skills in romantic relationships based on the relationships and theoretical framework. Based on the multiple regression analysis results, empathy and mental well-being has a mid-level relationship between with tendency towards the problem subscale, explain 19% of the variance and has a significant contribution to the model. Based on the demographic variables, tendency towards problems differs in a significant level towards females. When examined based on the previous relationship status, problem solving skills significantly differed for people who had a relationship at least one rather than people had no prior relationship experience. When examined based on the current relationship status, problem solving skills were found significantly higher for people who had a relationship rather than people had no relationship. The reason for such outcomes are thought that individuals neglect ration but use emotions. In the light of these results, it can be said that different psychological and demographic variables are effective in problem solving skills in romantic relationships.

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