Relational discrepancies and emotion: The moderating roles of relationship type and relational discrepancy valence

Jennifer M. Boldero, Garry L. Robins, Benedict J. Williams, Jillian Francis, Anne Hampton, Annabelle J. Fourie

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Abstract

Relational discrepancy theory proposes that discrepancies in the extents to which relational partners meet relational standards are associated with emotions and that perceiving relationships in specified ways moderates associations. In a range of relationships, ideal relational discrepancies were associated with dejection and ought relational discrepancies with agitation (Study 1), associations moderated by relationship type. Discrepancy valence also moderated ideal discrepancy associations. Similar associations were found in friendships, moderated by relationship type (Study 2). Finally, relationship type and valence moderated associations in relationships with supervisors but not with colleagues (Study 3). These results support relational discrepancy theory propositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-273
Number of pages15
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • discrepancy valence
  • emotion
  • relational discrepancies
  • relationship type
  • CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
  • SELF-DISCREPANCIES
  • IDEALS
  • FOCUS

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