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J Soc Psychol. 1998 Apr;138(2):217-28.

Assessments of trust in intimate relationships and the self-perception process.

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Department of Psychology, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY 12203, USA.

Abstract

Assessments of trust in intimate relationships are often based on perceptions of a partner's behaviors; however, people's own actions, increased self-awareness, and individual differences (e.g., exchange or communal orientation) may also affect their trust in their partners. Communally or exchange-oriented members of heterosexual dating couples, students in a U.S. university, displayed either trusting or irrelevant behaviors under conditions of increased self-awareness. They then completed measures of interpersonal trust. The participants' trusting behaviors significantly determined their level of trust; heightened self-awareness and a communal orientation further enhanced the participants' trust in their partners.

PMID:
9525096
DOI:
10.1080/00224549809600373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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