Modeling Support Provision in Intimate Relationships

Masumi Iida, Gwendolyn Seidman, Patrick E. Shrout, Kentaro Fujita, Niall Bolger

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Whereas supportive interactions are usually studied from the perspective of recipients alone, the authors used a dyadic design to incorporate the perspectives of both provider and recipient. In 2 daily diary studies, the authors modeled provider reports of support provision in intimate dyads over several weeks. The 1st involved couples experiencing daily stressors (n = 79); the 2nd involved couples experiencing a major professional stressor (n = 196). The authors hypothesized that factors relating to (a) recipients (their requests for support, moods, and stressful events), (b) providers (their moods and stressful events), (c) the relationship (relationship emotions and history of support exchanges), and (d) the stressor (daily vs. major stressors) would each predict daily support provision. Across both studies, characteristics of providers, recipients, and their relationship emerged as key predictors. Implications for theoretical models of dyadic support processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-478
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • daily diary studies
  • dyadic relationships
  • emotions
  • multilevel models
  • support provision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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