Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Dora E. Saavedra

Second Advisor

Dr. Yanrong Chang

Third Advisor

Dr. Bin Wang


An exploratory study was conducted using “The Right Days Game,” a decision making communication game in which couples take turns making decisions. for the couple on alternating days for four weeks. Several scales were used as well as an interview to obtain the data. Numerous obstacles were encountered that prevented addressing the original hypotheses.

Approximately 1,000 people clicked on the introduction survey; 81% of these were women. Approximately 50% dropped out when they were asked for their email. An email was sent to the participant’s partner inviting them to join the research. The response rate was 20% with a dropout rate of 25% once they logged on. 10 couples played the game and returned for the six-week follow-up questionnaire. The game had very little effect on couples who were rated very positively in the beginning. The remaining couples’ changes are discussed on a couple by couple basis.


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