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Commitment signals in friendship and romantic relationships

Yamaguchi, Mana ; Smith, Adam ; Ohtsubo, Yohsuke

Evolution and Human Behavior, November 2015, Vol.36(6), pp.467-474 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Commitment signals in friendship and romantic relationships
  • Autore: Yamaguchi, Mana ; Smith, Adam ; Ohtsubo, Yohsuke
  • Note di contenuto: Due to the ever-present allure of potentially more appealing or attractive partners, people in mutually committed relationships face a commitment problem (i.e., uncertainty about partner fidelity). This problem exists for both friendship and romantic relationships. In an exploratory pilot study, participants described real-life commitment-confirming incidents in either friendship or romantic relationships. The results revealed that the same types of pro-relationship acts (e.g., throwing a surprise party) were used to communicate commitment to one's partner in both types of relationship. Using signaling theory, we predicted that costly commitment signals would be more effective than non-costly commitment signals (Hypothesis 1). Also, we predicted that failure to engage in such behaviors would communicate non-commitment, and that such failures would have a more detrimental effect on romantic relationships than friendship (Hypothesis 2). Two scenario experiments (study 1 in Japan...
  • Fa parte di: Evolution and Human Behavior, November 2015, Vol.36(6), pp.467-474
  • Soggetti: Romantic Relationships ; Friendship ; Commitment Signals ; Commitment Problem ; Romantic Relationships ; Friendship ; Commitment Signals ; Commitment Problem ; Biology ; Zoology ; Psychology
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Tipo: Articolo
  • Identificativo: ISSN: 1090-5138 ; E-ISSN: 1879-0607 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.05.002

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