Implications of Relationship-Induced Self-Concept Change Across Partners: An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model Approach
Investigations of relationship-induced self-concept change and relationship quality have generally been limited to intraindividual effects (i.e., actor effects). In the current study, we examined whether self-changes influence romantic partners’ perceptions of relationship satisfaction and commitment (i.e., partner effects). Using the actor–partner interdependence model, we tested how four self-concept change processes—self-expansion, self-pruning, self-contraction, and self-adulteration—are associated with relationship satisfaction and commitment. Results revealed robust actor effects across all self-change processes and partner effects on satisfaction for degradation processes only (i.e., self-contraction and self-adulteration), suggesting that self-changes differentially predict individuals’ and partners’ perceptions of the relationship.
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McIntyre, K.P., Mattingly, B.A., Gorban, S.A., & Cope, M.A. (In press). Implications of relationship-induced self-concept change across partners: An actor-partner interdependence model approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407520903799
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships