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How do I see you relative to myself?: relationship quality as a predictor of self- and partner-enhancement within cross-sex friendships, dating relationships, and marriages

Morry, Marian M., Reich, Tara C. and Kito, Mie (2010) How do I see you relative to myself?: relationship quality as a predictor of self- and partner-enhancement within cross-sex friendships, dating relationships, and marriages. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150 (4). pp. 369-392. ISSN 0022-4545

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Abstract

Individuals tend to rate themselves more positively than strangers or acquaintances—a self-enhancement effect. But such self-enhancement is potentially detrimental to one's intimate relationships. We hypothesized that higher relationship quality would predict (1) partner-enhancement (i.e., rating the partner more positively than the self) and (2) higher feelings of being understood and validated (FUV). In addition, (3) partner-enhancement would add to relationship quality's prediction of FUV. These hypotheses were tested among cross-sex friendships (N = 92) and dating relationships (N = 90) in University students and in a married, non-University sample (N = 94). All hypotheses were supported in romantic relationships. For cross-sex friendships, regardless of relationship quality, individuals partner-enhanced on the negative traits but neither self- nor partner-enhanced on the positive traits. Finally, relationship quality predicted partner-perceptions more strongly than self-perceptions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00224545.as...
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 10:58
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37666/

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