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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2004 May;30(5):617-28.

Implicit theories of relationships: moderators of the link between conflict and commitment.

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Department of Psychology, University of Houston, TX 77204-5022, USA. knee@uh.edu

Abstract

In two studies, implicit theories of relationships were examined as moderators of the association between experienced conflict and commitment. Study 1 involved 128 individuals in heterosexual romantic relationships and employed an event-contingent diary procedure in which disagreements were recorded throughout a 10-day period. Study 2 was conducted in the laboratory and involved 75 heterosexual couples who discussed problems in their relationship, with commitment measured before and after discussion. Multilevel random coefficient models revealed that conflict was generally associated with lower commitment but less so with growth belief. Also, growth belief was most beneficial under negative relationship conditions, such as when one possessed a less favorable view of the partner to begin with and when the issue remained unresolved after discussion.

PMID:
15107161
DOI:
10.1177/0146167203262853
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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