Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Destined to fail or something to grow on? Examining the relationship between implicit theories of relationships and perceptions of other's romantic relationships
by Wu, Sining, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2015, 87; 1596120
Abstract (Summary)

The present study examined whether an individual’s own implicit theory of relationships predicts how s/he perceives his/her friend’s romantic relationship. Implicit theories of relationships are based on destiny beliefs (DB), the belief that a relationship is meant to be, and growth beliefs (GB), the belief that relationships require work. Each participant was randomly exposed to one of three relationship scenarios where the participant’s hypothetical friend discusses a partner displaying negative, mixed, or positive relationship behaviors. We found the participants high in DB were less approving of the relationship, and those high in GB were more approving. Those high in DB also made more relationship-damaging attributions when asked to select reasons why the partner engaged in said behaviors but surprisingly perceived the couple as more satisfied overall. Anticipated interactions between DB and GB were not found.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adams-Price, Carolyn E., Sinclair, H. Colleen
Commitee: Hood, Kristina B., Winer, Eric Samuel
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology
Keywords: Attribution, Relationship approval, Relationship beliefs, Social network influence, Social network opinions, Vignettes
Publication Number: 1596120
ISBN: 978-1-321-95980-2
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