Testing a Motivational Model of Relationship Maintenance: The Role of Approach and Avoidance Relationship Goals

Daniel J. Weigel, Dana A. Weiser, Camille B. Lalasz

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Abstract

Goals individuals have toward their romantic relationships may help explain why some people are more motivated to engage in relationship maintenance than others. This study tested a motivational model of relationship maintenance based on approach and avoidance goals. Data collected from 184 romantically involved individuals revealed that approach goals were associated with greater use of positivity, openness, assurance, networks, and tasks but avoidance goals were not associated with any of the maintenance behaviors. These maintenance behaviors also mediated the association between goals, satisfaction, and disillusion. These findings demonstrate that relationship goals play an important role in the relationship maintenance process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-361
Number of pages21
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2017

Keywords

  • Approach Goals
  • Avoidance Goals
  • Disillusion
  • Relationship Goals
  • Relationship Maintenance
  • Satisfaction

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