Dyadic perfectionism in romantic relationships: Predicting relationship satisfaction and longterm commitment

Stoeber, Joachim (2012) Dyadic perfectionism in romantic relationships: Predicting relationship satisfaction and longterm commitment. Personality and Individual Differences, 53 (3). pp. 300-305. ISSN 0191-8869. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Perfectionism affects all areas of life, including romantic relationships. However, little is known about how dyadic perfectionism (perfectionism in dyadic relationships) affects students’ romantic relationships. Focusing on two central aspects of dyadic perfectionism—partner-oriented perfectionism (perfectionistic expectations towards one’s partner) and partner-prescribed perfectionism (perceived perfectionistic expectations from one’s partner)—this study examined partner and actor effects of dyadic perfectionism in 58 university students and their partners (N = 116 participants) using multilevel analyses. Results showed significant partner and actor effects. Participants’ partner-oriented perfectionism had a positive effect on their partner’s partner-prescribed perfectionism and a negative effect on their own relationship satisfaction and longterm commitment. Participants’ partner-prescribed perfectionism also had a negative effect on their own relationship satisfaction. The findings show that dyadic perfectionism in students’ romantic relationships puts pressure on the partner and negatively affects the perception of the quality of the relationship regarding satisfaction and longterm commitment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: other-oriented perfectionism; socially prescribed perfectionism; high standards; discrepancy; intimate relationships; couples; dyadic data analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 08:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 14:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29246 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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