The good and bad of relationships: How social hindrance and social support affect relationship feelings in daily life

Eshkol Rafaeli, James A. Cranford, Amie S. Green, Patrick E. Shrout, Niall Bolger

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Abstract

The authors examined the effects of social hindrance and support on negative and positive relationship-specific feelings in three daily diary studies. Study 1 showed that hindrance and support independently predicted positive relationship feelings, but only hindrance predicted negative feelings. Study 2 used new measures of hindrance and support and showed that hindrance and support independently predicted same-day relationship feelings but that the effects of hindrance were stronger in magnitude. Study 3 yielded similar findings using the new measures of hindrance and support and controlling for morning feeling. These asymmetrical crossover effects suggest that bad is only stronger than good when it comes to bad outcomes; they also support the distinction between aversive and appetitive relational processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1703-1718
Number of pages16
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Daily process designs
  • Relationship feelings
  • Social hindrance
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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