Testing the Cultural Scope of Affection Exchange Theory in Slovakia

Daniel Hans Mansson, Frank Marko, Jaroslava Gajdošíková Zeleiová, Kory Floyd

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We examined the cultural scope of affection exchange theory. Specifically, we tested the postulates that trait affection given and received covary with indicators of psychological well-being and that highly affectionate individuals are relationally advantaged. The sample consisted of 326 college-attending adult Slovaks. Correlational analyses supported the predicted associations between trait affection and depression, loneliness, stress, general mental health, and self-esteem. Additionally, results of t-tests indicated that individuals involved in a romantic relationship reported higher levels of trait affection compared to those not involved in a romantic relationship. Limitations and future directions are addressed in the discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • mental health
  • relationship status
  • Slovakia
  • Trait affection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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