Accession Number : ADA299400

Title :   The Identity Regulation of Romantic Partners,

Corporate Author : WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Britt, Thomas W.

PDF Url : ADA299400

Report Date : 12 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Virtually no research has examined how individuals act to protect or enhance the identities of close others. Participants presented a romantic partner to an audience who was either aware or unaware of their partners' past positive and negative personality feedback on two desirable traits. Participants also rated the validity of the positive and negative feedback and how important the traits were to their partner. Results indicated that participants highly connected to their partner presented their partner more favorably than those slightly connected primarily when the audience was aware of the partners' past performance. For the trait relevant to the negative feed back, participants who were less competitive with their partner denounced the validity of the feedback, said the desirable trait was still important to their partner, and actually presented their partner more favorably on the trait than those who were highly competitive.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), VALIDATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), FEEDBACK, BEHAVIOR, PERSONALITY, MARRIAGE.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Sociology and Law
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE