Interpersonal coping styles and couple relationship quality: Similarity versus complementarity hypotheses
Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 44, Issue 2, pages 175–186, March 2014
How to Cite
Chow, C. M., Buhrmester, D. and Tan, C. C. (2014), Interpersonal coping styles and couple relationship quality: Similarity versus complementarity hypotheses. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 44: 175–186. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2000
- Issue online: 4 MAR 2014
- Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 27 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAR 2013
This study employs a dyadic approach and examines how two partners' interpersonal coping styles may independently and jointly predict their relationship quality. Hypotheses were derived on the basis of dyadic coping theory focusing on how similar versus complementary styles of interpersonal coping may be useful in explaining couples' relationship quality. On the basis of attachment theory and self-determination theory, three interpersonal coping styles were included: dismissive, adaptive, and anxious/expressive. Data were collected from 123 romantic couples. Actor–partner interdependence models revealed that interpersonal coping styles were related to self-perceived (actor effect) and partner-perceived (partner effect) relationship quality. Furthermore, results also showed that relationship quality was predicted by the interactions between self's and partner's interpersonal coping styles. Findings suggest that future research should focus on understanding interpersonal coping behaviors of both partners in a relationship, especially the complex interactions between two partners' characteristics and their effects on relationship outcomes. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.