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When goal sharing produces support that is not caring

Kappes, Heather Barry ORCID: 0000-0002-6335-3888 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: 16 May 2024 01:20

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