Paul E. Etcheverry, Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Benjamin Le, Department of Psychology, Haverford College; Mahnaz R. Charania, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington.
Perceived versus reported social referent approval and romantic relationship commitment and persistence
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2008
© 2008 IARR
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 281–295, September 2008
How to Cite
ETCHEVERRY, P. E., LE, B. and CHARANIA, M. R. (2008), Perceived versus reported social referent approval and romantic relationship commitment and persistence. Personal Relationships, 15: 281–295. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2008.00199.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2008
The current study examined social network influence processes on romantic relationship outcomes by obtaining the reported opinions of social referents as well as romantic relationship members’ perceptions of social network members’ opinions. Participants were 254 (151 women) college students from the United States involved in romantic relationships along with a male and female friend who all completed surveys regarding the participants’ romantic relationship. This work demonstrated that perceived normative beliefs of social network members significantly mediated the effects of reported social network approval on relationship commitment. Participants’ reports of relationship commitment were found to mediate the effect of subjective norms on relationship persistence. Along with network members’ relationship approval, participants’ satisfaction was found to predict participants’ normative beliefs.