Jiang, T., Canevello, A., Gore, J. S., Hahn, J. H., & Crocker, J. (2016, October 24). The association between compassionate goals and relational-interdependent self-construal. Self and Identity, 1-28. doi:10.1080/15298868.2016.1238406
The association between compassionate goals and relational-interdependent self-construal
Although research has examined the consequences of relational self-construal (RSC), little is known about what psychological factors predict it. Four studies examined the association between compassionate goals and RSC. Study 1 showed that compassionate goals are positively associated with RSC in college students. Study 2 replicated this association among adults in romantic relationships. Studies 3 and 4 showed that compassionate goals predict increased RSC over time in college roommates. Moreover, Studies 2–4 showed that responsiveness to relationship partners statistically mediated the association between compassionate goals and self-construal. These studies suggested that people with compassionate goals have high RSCs and that they also develop higher levels of RSC by being responsive to relationship partners.
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