Predicting Relationship Stability From Both Partners Versus One

Mark Attridge, Ellen Berscheid, Jeff Simpson

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Abstract

This study investigated whether longitudinal predictions of stability are improved when assessments of the relationship are obtained from both members of the couple rather than just from 1 partner and, if so, which partner's assessments are the most diagnostic of stability. Both partners in 120 dating couples provided self-report assessments on 16 relationship dimensions, and 6 months later 2 outcomes were examined: stability and emotional distress if breakup had occurred. Assessments from both partners were more predictive of stability than were assessments from 1 (randomly chosen) partner, but the improvement was small. Assessments from female partners were no more predictive of stability than were those from male partners. However, assessments from "weak-link" partners (whose standing on stability indicators was lower than the other member of the couple) were significantly more diagnostic of stability than were those from "strong-link" partners. These and other findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-268
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes

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