Linda K. Acitelli
University of Houston
StressorSocial perceptionSocial relationDevelopmental psychologyAssociation (psychology)PsychologyInterpersonal communicationCognitionCognitive psychologyInjury preventionPerceptionRuminationWell-beingSpouseSimilarity (psychology)Identity (social science)Social supportSelf-esteemContingent self-esteemFriendshipInterpersonal perceptionMarital statusInterpersonal interactionMarital satisfactionRelationship satisfactionPoison controlClinical psychologyCoping (psychology)Social psychologySocial cognitionInterpersonal relationship
Publications 43
The link between a partner's thinking about the relationship and relationship satisfaction has been shown to be stronger for women than men. The main goal of this study was to examine the extent to which one's identity (rather than biological sex) moderates that link. In a survey of 238 couples (90 unmarried and 148 married), results indicated that, for unmarried couples, a general relational identity, or the tendency to see oneself in relation to others in general, moderated the association bet...
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Intimate relationships can influence interpersonal perception because they are characterized by emotional involvement and close attachment between the members of the dyad; thus, attachment theory and research may shed light on interpersonal perception within intimate relationships. In this study, a probability sample of 179 men and 198 women who were married or involved in a committed dating relationship, was examined to test the hypothesis that attachment style and degree of public commitment t...
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#1Joseph VeroffH-Index: 36
#2Elizabeth DouvanH-Index: 7
Last. Linda K. AcitelliH-Index: 23
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This study is the longitudinal extension of an earlier study of perceptions of conflict in the first year of marriage (Acitelli et al., 1993). In both studies, we examined the relative importance (to marital well-being) of partners' similarity and understanding of conflict styles. While the earlier study related perceptions of conflict in the first year with first year marital well-being, the present study related the same first year perceptions with third year marital well-being. Two important ...
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The project described here is one of the first to obtain a probability sample of couples based on characteristics of both partners. The undertaking is presented as a mix of theoretical and practical concerns. First, I present the theoretical background justifying the need for such a sample and outline the methods of the longitudinal study of couples. Then the steps taken to recruit the sample (238 couples) are traced, including the process of screening for eligible respondents. Several un-forese...
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#1Linda K. Acitelli (UH: University of Houston)H-Index: 23
There is an assumption, largely unexamined, that spouses’ assessments of marital satisfaction often involve considerations of social support from their partners (Fincham & Bradbury, 1990). If this assumption is true, then spouses’ perceptions of social support available from their partners should be related to their marital satisfaction. Surprisingly, there have been very few studies that test this prediction. Thus, as the title of this chapter suggests, the link between marital support and sati...
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#1Linda K. Acitelli (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 23
#2Amy YoungH-Index: 24
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Comparing relationship researchers to children engaging in parallel play, the author questions the popular impression that the field of personal relationships is interdisciplinary. The term `interdisciplinary' is contrasted with `multidisciplinary'. Being interdisciplinary requires researchers to integrate different perspectives on the same problem from more than one discipline. Being multidisciplinary requires only that researchers representing different disciplines be brought together and work...
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#1David A. KennyH-Index: 100
#1David A. KennyH-Index: 73
Last. Linda K. Acitelli (UM: University of Michigan)H-Index: 23
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The relationship between partner similarity and marital quality variables was explored by the use of a new method for the analysis of data from marital pairs. Forty-two married couples were given the Personal Assessment of Intimate Relationships inventory (M. T. Schaefer & D. H. Olson, 1981), and a method was devised for the removal of stereotype effects, that is, the tendency for partners to be similar to one another because they respond in a way that is typical of others. Similarity between wi...
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Recent work on social support in marriage indicates that the link between marital satisfaction and social support is stronger for wives than husbands (D. Julien & H. J. Markman, 1991). Hypotheses basedon these findings and on studies of interpersonal perception were tested on a sample of 69 older married couples (mean age=74 years). The separate effects of giving, receiving, and reciprocity on spouses'marital satisfaction and well-being were examined. Analyzing the data separately for husbands a...
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