Happily Single: The Link Between Relationship Status and Well-Being Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals

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dc.contributor.author Girme, YU en
dc.contributor.author Overall, Nickola en
dc.contributor.author Faingataa, S en
dc.contributor.author Sibley, Christopher en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-11T01:22:21Z en
dc.date.issued 2016-03 en
dc.identifier.citation Social Psychological and Personality Science, March 2016, 7 (2), 122 - 130 en
dc.identifier.issn 1948-5506 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31550 en
dc.description.abstract Although prior research suggests that single people experience lower well-being than those involved in romantic relationships, the effect of relationship status is small. Moreover, relationships can be a source of hurt and conflict, which single people can avoid. The current research examined for whom being involved in a relationship versus being single enhances versus undermines well-being by testing whether social goals moderated the link between relationship status and (1) daily life satisfaction (Study 1, N = 187, undergraduate sample) and (2) life satisfaction/well-being across time (Study 2, N = 4,024, nationally representative sample). In both studies, single people high in avoidance goals who strive to prevent relationship conflict and disagreements were just as happy as people involved in a relationship. In addition, individuals high in approach goals who strive to enhance relationship closeness experienced greater life satisfaction/well-being but particularly when they were involved in a relationship (Study 2). en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher SAGE en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Psychological and Personality Science en
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dc.title Happily Single: The Link Between Relationship Status and Well-Being Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1948550615599828 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 122 en
pubs.volume 7 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
pubs.author-url http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1948550615599828 en
pubs.end-page 130 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 513158 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1948-5514 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-01-11 en

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