Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study examined how aspects of the self (i.e. self-concept clarity, self-expansion, and inclusion of the other in the self) influence relationship attributions. A sample of 92 (20 males, 72 females) college students in a relationship received a series of surveys assessing their levels of self-concept clarity, self-expansion, and inclusion of the other in the self Additionally, they completed a survey assessing whether they make relationship enhancing attributions when interpreting behavior. Self expansion and inclusion of the other in the self positively correlated with relationship enhancing attributions. However, there was no significant relationship between self-concept clarity and relationship enhancing attributions. Regression analyses revealed that self-expansion was more important for making relationship enhancing attributions than inclusion of the other in the self. Overall, results suggest that those high on self-expansion and inclusion of the other in the self will make attributions that enhance their relationship.
BF1 .M63 v. 20 no. 2 2015
Acri, Lauren M. and Lewandowski, Jr., Gary W.
"The influence of the self in partner behavior interpretation,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 20:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol20/iss2/3