Self theories as local relationship theories develop

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Self-TheoriesAs local relationship theories develop they steadily become entwined with self-theoriesART and ARON = showing how perceptions of the self and the partner influence on another over time-One item scale: select the two circles that best represent how you feel about your relationship with current partner?-Do you think he/she, we, or me?
Married couples will answer questions for one another and complete each other’s sentencesRelationship EvaluationsAt the center of lay local relationship theories exist a set of relationship evaluative judgments that are continuously updated on the basis of relevant informationDYADIC ADJUSTMENT SCALE = self-report scale designed to measure relationship quality judgments- evidence these kinds of judgments play a critical role in generating behavior, cognition, and emotion
Do people judge relationships on a positive-negative general scale or in separate domains?General Scale:-Self-report measures on different constructs correlate well with each other (.7)Separate Domains:-Easy to envision plausible examples where could be happy in one aspect of relationship but not another-Measures of commitment predict breakups more than measures of relationship satisfaction-CONFIRMATORY FACTOR ANALYSIS – supports a model in which individuals keep evaluations relatively consistent across domains, but also allows some systematic variabilityKey element to developing intimacy is the way in which the partner responds, esp. to the extent the partner communicates they understand and validates the other-reflected appraisals = what you think your partner thinks and feels about you -the worst class of attributions for relationships are partner blame as they undercut perceptions that your partner understands and validates youBACK TO THE GOALS: THE FUNCTIONS OF LAY RELATIONSHIP THEORIESTo know if you are in a good or bad relationship-They compare what they think they have in a relationship with:Pre-existing expectationsIdeal standardsBeliefs about what makes a good relationship and partner-People integrate and compare components of their local relationship theories with their general relationship theoriesExample: Fletcher and KininmothCorrelations between behavioral estimates and relationship satisfaction within individualsin the importance of different factors in relationship successBelief = what I should have, perception = what do I haveEx. For people who though sex and passion important, higher association of those to relationship satisfaction than for those who did not think important

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