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When goal sharing produces support that is not caring

Kappes, Heather Barry and Shrout, Patrick E. (2011) When goal sharing produces support that is not caring. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37 (5). pp. 662-673. ISSN 0146-1672

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0146167211399926


Four studies used experimental and correlational methods to investigate the effect of a “partner-achievement goal,” or a personal goal for a relationship partner’s successful achievement. This goal led support providers to offer unhelpful support about how to play a computer game (Study 1). It also predicted poor achievement for dieting support recipients (Study 2). The effects of partner-achievement goals were moderated by recipient expectations of success and mediated by recipient effort. Recipients with low expectations of their own success requested that their provider partners with partner-achievement goals refrain from offering them support (Study 3); they also invested less time studying Latin grammar and learned fewer Latin words over one week (Study 4). Together, these findings highlight the unique behavioral consequences of partner-achievement goals for both members of a relationship.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:48

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