This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant awarded to the first author and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship awarded to the second author. Study 1 was conducted as part of the second author's M.A. thesis.
The experience of emotion in close relationships: Toward an integration of the emotion-in-relationships and interpersonal script models
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2005
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 181–196, June 2005
How to Cite
Fehr, B. and Harasymchuk, C. (2005), The experience of emotion in close relationships: Toward an integration of the emotion-in-relationships and interpersonal script models. Personal Relationships, 12: 181–196. doi: 10.1111/j.1350-4126.2005.00110.x
We would like to thank Lisa Sinclair and Lorissa Martens for their very helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
- Issue online: 28 APR 2005
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2005
We propose that the study of emotion in close relationships may be advanced through an integration of the emotion-in-relationships model (ERM) with interpersonal script models. In two studies, we tested the hypothesis that people experience emotion when expected patterns of relating are disrupted. We also predicted that the kinds of events that are perceived as disruptive, and the concomitant emotional response, would depend on the relationship context. The results indicated that emotional reactions do vary, depending on the type of relationship in which emotion is experienced. A key finding was that when an individual expresses dissatisfaction, a neglect response from a romantic partner is associated with more negative emotion than a neglect response from a friend. Implications of this finding are discussed. We conclude that interpersonal script models can be fruitfully incorporated into the ERM.