Ideal standards in close relationships: Their structure and functions

Garth J.O. Fletcher, Jeffry A. Simpson

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This article describes the Ideals Standards Model, which deals with the content and functions of partner and relationship ideals in intimate relationships. This model proposes that there are three distinct categories of partner ideals (warmth-loyalty, vitality-attractiveness, and status-resources), and that ideal have three distinct functions (evaluation, explanation, and regulation). The model also explains how perceived discrepancies between ideals and perceptions of one's current partner or relationship can have different consequences, depending on which of two motivating forces is active (the need to see the partner or relationship positively or the need to be accurate). Recent empirical studies that support some of the main features of the model are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000


  • Discrepancies
  • Functions
  • Ideals
  • Relationships


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