Interdependence of Approach and Avoidance Goals in Romantic Couples Over Days and Months

Nikitin, Jana and Wünsche, Jenna and Bühler, Janina L. and Weidmann, Rebekka and Burriss, Robert P. and Grob, Alexander. (2021) Interdependence of Approach and Avoidance Goals in Romantic Couples Over Days and Months. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 76 (7). 1251–1263.

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Objectives: Despite the centrality of people's approach goals (i.e., approach toward positive outcomes) and avoidance goals (i.e., avoidance of negative outcomes) in romantic relationships, little is known about the interdependence of approach and avoidance relationship goals between partners. Assuming that short-term, state-level goals accumulate into general goal ten- dencies, the present research tested whether partners' daily (i.e., state level) and aggregated daily (i.e., trait level) approach and avoidance goals are mutually predictive in the short term (after one day) and the long term (after 10-12 months). In addition, we explored whether goal interdependence unfolds differently across adulthood and in relationships of different duration. Method: Approach and avoidance goals were assessed daily on two 14-day measurement-burst occasions that were con- ducted 10-12 months apart. The sample consisted of N = 456 female-male couples (age: M = 33.6, SD = 13.8 years; rela- tionship duration: M = 9.6, SD = 10.7 years). Results: We observed significant short- and long-term partner effects in the prediction of couple members' approach and avoidance goals. These partner effects were restricted to trait level and they did not emerge at the state level. Almost all ef- fects were independent of age and relationship duration. Discussion: The present research underscores the importance of disentangling state- and trait-level goal tendencies when investigating the interdependence of approach and avoidance goals within romantic relationships.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Society & Choice > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Grob, Alexander and Nikitin, Jana and Wuensche, Jenna and Bühler, Janina Larissa and Weidmann, Rebekka and Burriss, Robert P.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:25 Oct 2021 13:22

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