I got other things to take care of: Materialistic lovers were less accurate in perception of partner’s responsiveness
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AbstractAn intensive experience sampling study was conducted to investigate the materialism motivated perception of partner’s responsiveness in close relationships in naturalistic setting. One hundred and one heterosexual dyads (i.e., 202 participants) participated. In intake survey stage, participants completed a set of questionnaires regarding personality and relationship evaluation, e.g., material value, attachment style, and relationship quality etc., and then received an orientation for the later experience sampling stage. In the experience sampling stage, participants responded to six signals per day for consecutively seven days. Signals were yoked so that couples responded to each simultaneously, and time interval was randomized to be between 30 to 90 minutes. Upon arrival of each signal, participants reported to what extent they were responsive to their partners, as well as to what extents they felt their partners were responsive to themselves. In the final stage, participants responded to the same set of questionnaires of personality and relationship evaluation as in the intake stage. Over-time standard APIM (Kenny, Kashy, &Cook, 2011), and Truth and Bias Model (West &Kenny, 2011) were adopted to examine the mean-level bias and tracking accuracy of perceived partner’s responsiveness (PPR), and whether material value played a role in such perception. Results indicated that participants generally underestimated (i.e., a negative mean-level bias) partner’s responsiveness), after controlling for attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance. Even though participants exhibited a marginally significant tracking accuracy of the PPR, PPR was shaped the most by assumed similarity such that the more responsive they themselves were, the more they tended to perceive their partner as responsive as well. Material value did not affect mean-level bias or assumed similarity, but participants with higher material value exhibited less tracking accuracy. Mechanism behind this perception is discussed, and the implication and limitation of the study is addressed.
Acceptance Date09/12/2017
All Author(s) ListSisi Li, Chin-Ming Hui
Name of Conference2018 Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention
Start Date of Conference01/03/2018
End Date of Conference03/03/2018
Place of ConferenceAtlanta, GA
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Year2018
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsClose relationships, Individual differences

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