Perceived superiority, the tendency to regard one’s own relationship as better than other people’s relationships, is a key relationship maintenance mechanism. Little is known about whether and how it changes during the transition to marriage, a pivotal moment in most couples’ life cycle. In a longitudinal study following 97 couples for three waves across the transition, men presented stable perceived superiority, whereas women presented a curvilinear change in superiority perceptions, with a substantial increase in perceived superiority between T1 and T2 and a significantly reduced change between T2 and T3. In addition, trajectories differed according to partners’ commitment level. More committed and less committed partners both showed a curvilinear change in perceived superiority, though following different patterns. Results point to the functional value of perceived superiority, which emerges as a strategy aimed at sustaining partners through the challenges deriving from the transition to marriage.

Parise, M., Donato, S., Pagani, A. F., Bertoni, A., Iafrate, R., Schoebi, D., Trajectories of perceived superiority across the transition to marriage, <<THE JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY>>, 2020; 160 (5): 576-588. [doi:10.1080/00224545.2019.1704542] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/169205]

Trajectories of perceived superiority across the transition to marriage

Parise M.
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Donato S.;Pagani A. F.;Bertoni A.;Iafrate R.;
2020

Abstract

Perceived superiority, the tendency to regard one’s own relationship as better than other people’s relationships, is a key relationship maintenance mechanism. Little is known about whether and how it changes during the transition to marriage, a pivotal moment in most couples’ life cycle. In a longitudinal study following 97 couples for three waves across the transition, men presented stable perceived superiority, whereas women presented a curvilinear change in superiority perceptions, with a substantial increase in perceived superiority between T1 and T2 and a significantly reduced change between T2 and T3. In addition, trajectories differed according to partners’ commitment level. More committed and less committed partners both showed a curvilinear change in perceived superiority, though following different patterns. Results point to the functional value of perceived superiority, which emerges as a strategy aimed at sustaining partners through the challenges deriving from the transition to marriage.
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Parise, M., Donato, S., Pagani, A. F., Bertoni, A., Iafrate, R., Schoebi, D., Trajectories of perceived superiority across the transition to marriage, <>, 2020; 160 (5): 576-588. [doi:10.1080/00224545.2019.1704542] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/169205]
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