Genuine giving or selfish sacrifice? The role of commitment and cost level upon willingness to sacrifice

Powell, Chantal and Van Vugt, Mark (2003) Genuine giving or selfish sacrifice? The role of commitment and cost level upon willingness to sacrifice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33 (3). pp. 403-412. ISSN 0046-2772 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This research uses interdependence theory to examine the link between commitment, costs, and willingness to sacrifice within interdependence dilemmas occurring in intimate relationships. Advancing prior work, which has demonstrated a positive association between relationship commitment and willingness to sacrifice, we investigated the moderating role of the cost of sacrifice in a scenario-based survey. Consistent with our hypotheses it was found that in high cost interdependence dilemmas, significantly greater levels of sacrifice were observed from individuals classified as high in commitment than from individuals classified as low in commitment. However in low cost dilemmas the relationship between commitment and sacrifice disappears. Possible differences in motivations for sacrifice are discussed with respect to this finding

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2008 16:36
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4417 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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