Title

The Association Between Partner Enhancement and Self‐Enhancement and Relationship Quality Outcomes

Keywords

attributions, dyadic data, partner enhancement

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to understand in greater detail, using 2 samples (Study 1 N = 4,881 heterosexual couples; Study 2 N = 335 heterosexual couples who completed the Relationship Evaluation Questionnaire), how partner or self‐enhancement patterns differentially influence relationship outcomes. A multivariate analysis of covariance was conducted comparing 4 outcome measures for different couple types in which individuals rated the partner higher, the same, or lower than they rated themselves on affability. Couples in which both individuals perceived themselves as more affable than the partner experienced poorer results on the relationship outcome measures, whereas couples in which both individuals perceived the partner's personality as more affable than their own experienced more positive relationship outcomes. Additional analyses with structural equation models demonstrated the consistent influence of enhancement measures on relationship outcomes for cross‐sectional and longitudinal samples.

Original Publication Citation

Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B., & Niehuis, S. (2009). The association between partner-and self-enhancement and relationship quality outcomes. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 449-464.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-07-30

Publisher

Journal of Marriage and Family

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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