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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)137-164
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 9 2009

Fingerprint

Conflict (Psychology)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Cite this

Linking relationship quality to perceived mutuality of relationship goals and perceived goal progress. / Avivi, Yael E.; Laurenceau, Jean Philippe; Carver, Charles S.

In: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 2, 09.03.2009, p. 137-164.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{02ee913bba464c01985f4566ca95283b,
title = "Linking relationship quality to perceived mutuality of relationship goals and perceived goal progress",
abstract = "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.",
author = "Avivi, {Yael E.} and Laurenceau, {Jean Philippe} and Carver, {Charles S}",
year = "2009",
month = "3",
day = "9",
doi = "10.1521/jscp.2009.28.2.137",
language = "English",
volume = "28",
pages = "137--164",
journal = "Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology",
issn = "0736-7236",
publisher = "Guilford Publications",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Linking relationship quality to perceived mutuality of relationship goals and perceived goal progress

AU - Avivi, Yael E.

AU - Laurenceau, Jean Philippe

AU - Carver, Charles S

PY - 2009/3/9

Y1 - 2009/3/9

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=61449268070&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=61449268070&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1521/jscp.2009.28.2.137

DO - 10.1521/jscp.2009.28.2.137

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 137

EP - 164

JO - Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

JF - Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

SN - 0736-7236

IS - 2

ER -