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Implicit theories of Romantic Relationships, Partner Perception and Relationship Satisfaction


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Lisac, Petra. (2018). Implicit theories of Romantic Relationships, Partner Perception and Relationship Satisfaction. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jelić, Margareta].

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The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between implicit theories of romantic relationships, perceived discrepancy from an ideal partner, relationship satisfaction and demografic characteristics of relationships for men and women; as well as examine the moderation effect of implicit theories on the relationship between perceived discrepancy and relationship satisfaction. The study was conducted online, using a snowball method, on 517 participants. We used the Implicit theories about relationships Questionnaire (Knee et al, 2003), Quality of Relationship Index (Norton, 1983) and a question about perceived discrepancy. Discrepancy negatively predicts relationship satisfaction in both men and women, whereas women’s relationship satisfaction is also negatively predicted by age and destiny belief. Participants oriented towards evaluation are less satisfied with their relationships compared to other orientations. Implicit theories moderate the relationship between discrepancy and satisfaction in an unexpected way – higher discrepancy leads to smaller satisfaction in all orientations, and that difference is significantly greater for participants oriented towards evaluation. High growth belief buffers the additional negative effect of high destiny belief on relationship satisfaction when percieved discrepancy is high. These results expand our understanding of implicit beliefs of relationships and their outcomes; as well as provide us with an additional conceptual frame for educational and counselling work with individuals with low relationship satisfaction.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: implicit theories of romantic relationships, discrepancy, relationship satisfaction, intimate relationships
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jelić, Margareta
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 05:16
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 05:16

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