The authors wish to thank Jacques Lempers, Sandra Metts, and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on this article.
Assessment of relationship thinking in dating relationships
Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 77–95, June 1995
How to Cite
CATE, R. M., KOVAL, J., LLOYD, S. A. and WILSON, G. (1995), Assessment of relationship thinking in dating relationships. Personal Relationships, 2: 77–95. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.1995.tb00079.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 20 MAY 2005
In a series of five studies a method of assessing relationship thinking and its role in close relationship dynamics was developed. These studies were carried out with college students who responded to questionnaires. Studies 1 and 2 focused on identifying items representing the content and frequency of relationship thinking about participants' present dating relationships. Studies 3 and 4 examined personal characteristics, general relationship schema, and subjective conditions that were related to relationship thinking. Study 5 identified the ability of relationship thinking to predict individuals' perceptions of an interaction with their partners. Results uncovered three types of relationship thinking: partner, positive affect, and network. Relationship thinking was related in expected ways to several personal characteristics, subjective conditions, and general relationship schema. Relationship thinking was predictive of perceptions of distress-maintaining and relationship-enhancing interactions with the dating partners. The findings suggest increased attention to the social cognitive aspects of close relationships.