Expecting More in Relationships–Implications of Relational Entitlement

Denise Nicholas Williams, Douglas B. Smith, Tetiana Sukach, Cayla Minaiy

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Abstract

Sense of relational entitlement refers to what individuals’ believe they “should” expect from their romantic partner. When expectations are both unrealistic and not met by one’s partner, there is a potential for adverse consequences. Researchers surveyed 195 female participants between the ages 18-60. The study examined the influence of one’s sense of relational entitlement with varying conflict strategies. The findings revealed that extreme forms of one’s sense of relational entitlement was associated with conflict strategies like verbal aggression, and control & domination. Thus, one’s sense of relational entitlement appears to play a significant role in how individuals handle conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-340
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2018

Keywords

  • aggression
  • conflict styles
  • relational entitlement
  • relationship satisfaction & adjustment
  • romantic/couple relationships

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