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Protected By Your Self-Control The Influence of Partners’ Self-Control on Actors’ Responses to Interpersonal Risk

Gomillion, S and Lamarche, VM and Murray, SL and Harris, B (2014) 'Protected By Your Self-Control The Influence of Partners’ Self-Control on Actors’ Responses to Interpersonal Risk.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (8). 873 - 882. ISSN 1948-5514

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Abstract

Self-control allows people to curb destructive behavior and behave more pro-socially in relationships. Thus, individuals generally trust partners with high dispositional self-control more. However, it is not clear whether partner self-control influences individuals’ responses to acutely risky situations, such as when partners are rejecting. A daily diary study of married and cohabiting couples examined whether actors with high self-control partners behave less self-protectively in risky situations. On days partners were highly rejecting, actors were less likely to retaliate against and more likely to value high self-control partners. On days after partners had been rejecting, actors also reported that high self-control partners behaved more responsively. Actors also trusted partners with high self-control more regardless of risk. Taken together, our findings suggest that partners’ greater self-control may help foster more positive interaction cycles in romantic relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-regulation, close relationships, romantic relationships, self-control, risk regulation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20583

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