Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Melanie McKee (Mills)


This thesis poses two research questions that focus on MBTI personality types and specific strategies used to disengage romantic intimate heterosexual relationships. 1) Would one specific MBTI personality type prefer to use one dominate strategy to disengage a relationship? 2) Would any relationship situation yield one dominate strategy to disengage a relationship? A total of 116 college students were surveyed at a small Midwestern university. Age ranged from 18 years to 55 years with a mean age of 23.6 years. The experimental method consisted of administering Form G of the MBTI and an additional questionnaire measuring relationship strategies. The t-test for simple effects found significance between MBTI types and strategy selected to dissolve relationships at the (.05) level. Significant results were also found for type of situation and strategy selection at the (.05) level. The conclusions of this study found that certain MBTI personality types prefer to disengage relationships by using specific types of strategies. Situations were also found to be significant.