If you shared my happiness, you are part of me: Capitalization and the experience of couple identity

Miriam Parise, Silvia Donato, Ariela Francesca Pagani, Shelly L. Gable, Dominik Schoebi

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Abstract

The way in which individuals react to a partner’s disclosure of positive news (capitalization response) is associated with relational well-being. Two studies analyzed the role of couple identity in explaining the association between perceived capitalization responses and relationship quality. A daily diary study (n = 90 couples) revealed that on days people perceived their partners’ responses as active-constructive, they reported higher levels of couple identity. A longitudinal two-wave study (n = 169 couples) showed that couple identity mediated the link between active-constructive (for both women and men) and passive-destructive responses (only for men) and relationship quality. Overall, our findings suggest that the experience of the partner’s involvement and support in good times contribute to a sense of couple identity, which over the long turn, is associated with partners’ relational well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-269
Number of pages12
JournalPERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY BULLETTIN
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • capitalization
  • couple identity
  • daily diary
  • longitudinal design
  • relationship quality

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