Linking relationship quality to perceived mutuality of relationship goals and perceived goal progress

Yael E. Avivi, Jean Philippe Laurenceau, Charles S. Carver

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Two goal-related variables were examined as predictors of relationship quality. One was the perception of mutuality of goals held for the relationship; the other was the perception of progress regarding those relationship goals. A mediation model was considered whereby relationship goal mutuality predicted quality via perception of goal progress. Study 1 examined cross-sectional associations among these variables in 245 dating participants. Results of a path analysis (controlling for effects of relationship conflict) were consistent with the mediation model. Study 2 replicated these findings in a sample of 78 committed romantic couples, using an electronic diary methodology to gather data from both partners about relationship quality across multiple time points. Study 2 also extended the findings by examining a dyadic mediation model with both mediated actor effects and mediated partner effects. Findings suggest a central role for shared relationship goals and for perceptions of relationship goal progress in the context of romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-164
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 9 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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