2015 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient|
The "4-A" Model of Relationship Maintenance: Abstraction in Attention, Assessment, and Action
The goal of this program of research is to investigate whether a process of cognitive abstraction is a critical mechanism by which romantic couples maintain stable and satisfying long-term relationships. Across four studies, I will examine whether committed partners adopt an abstract (vs. concrete) construal level mindset when faced with threats to relational stability. This shift in mindset should drive changes in mental representation that facilitate the use of an array of relationship maintenance strategies (e.g., benign attributions for partner misbehavior, sacrifice, accommodation, devaluation of attractive alternatives).
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