Chapter 15. Social Comparison and Close Relationships

  1. Garth J. O. Fletcher and
  2. Margaret S. Clark
  1. Bram P. Buunk and
  2. Frans L. Oldersma

Published Online: 13 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470998557.ch15

Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes

Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes

How to Cite

Buunk, B. P. and Oldersma, F. L. (2003) Social Comparison and Close Relationships, in Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes (eds G. J. O. Fletcher and M. S. Clark), Blackwell Publishers Ltd, Malden, MA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470998557.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631212287

Online ISBN: 9780470998557

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Keywords:

  • social comparison;
  • relationships;
  • divorce;
  • social comparison theory;
  • marital distress

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Uncertainty, Distress, and Social Comparison

  • The Affective and Evaluative Consequences of Social Comparison

  • The Illusion of Superiority

  • Cognitive Downward Comparisons as a Way of Reducing Relationship Distress

  • Conclusion