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Behavioral Implications of Growth and Destiny Beliefs in Romantic Relationships

Title: Behavioral Implications of Growth and Destiny Beliefs in Romantic Relationships.
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Name(s): Montalvo, Shae, author
McNulty, James, author
Hicks, Lindsey, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-04-28
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study tested the association between romantic partners’ growth beliefs and their use of negative direct communication strategies, rather than negative indirect communication strategies, when discussing problems in their relationship. Because of the benefits associated with the use of direct strategies when discussing relationship problems (i.e., clarification of the problem, motivation to resolve problem), we predicted that spouses with growth beliefs would be more likely to use direct communication strategies during conflict discussions. Ultimately, we predicted that the use of direct communication strategies would result in higher relationship satisfaction for spouses with a growth mindset. These predictions were tested using a behavioral study of 120 couples, during which newlywed spouses reported their implicit theories about relationships and participated in conflict discussions. Moderated mediational analyses revealed that spouses with growth beliefs (compared to spouses with destiny beliefs) were not more likely to employ direct communication strategies during conflict discussions. Moreover, the use of direct strategies did not account for any differences in relationship satisfaction between partners with fixed and growth mindsets.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493410662 (IID)
Keywords: Relationship maintenance, Conflict behavior, Communication strategies, Marriage, Problem-solving
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493410662
Owner Institution: FSU

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Montalvo, S., McNulty, J., & Hicks, L. (2017). Behavioral Implications of Growth and Destiny Beliefs in Romantic Relationships. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493410662