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Losing the Wind Beneath Your Wings The Prospective Influence of Romantic Breakup on Goal Progress

Gomillion, S and Murray, SL and Lamarche, VM (2015) 'Losing the Wind Beneath Your Wings The Prospective Influence of Romantic Breakup on Goal Progress.' Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6 (5). 513 - 520. ISSN 1948-5514

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Abstract

Support from romantic partners can have tremendous benefits for people’s personal goal pursuits. However, when relationships end in breakup, this goal support is lost. Thus, breakup may have important consequences for goal progress. A longitudinal study found that breaking up with goal instrumental partners predicted poorer subsequent goal progress. Breaking up with noninstrumental partners did not impair goal progress. In contrast, breakup did not predict changes in goal importance, suggesting that people still valued goals associated with their former partners. These findings are the first to reveal a hidden potential cost of breakup: losing the support people once relied on to achieve their valued personal goals. Thus, finding alternative sources of goal support may be essential to coping successfully with breakup.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: close relationships, goals, interdependence, romantic relationships, break up
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20585

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