Amy Canevello and Jennifer Crocker, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University.
Changing relationship growth belief: Intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of compassionate goals
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 370–391, September 2011
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CANEVELLO, A. and CROCKER, J. (2011), Changing relationship growth belief: Intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of compassionate goals. Personal Relationships, 18: 370–391. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01296.x
The project described was supported by Grant R01MH058869 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Mental Health or the National Institutes of Health.
We are grateful to Rebecca Caulfield, Timothy Cavnar, Andrew Crocker, Paul Denning, and Sarah Franz for their assistance with data collection and entry for Study 1, and to Riia Luhtanen, Juliana G. Breines, Dominik Mischkowski, and Mary Y. Liu for their invaluable assistance with Study 2. We are also grateful to Yu Niiya for her insightful comments on previous drafts and to our friends at Learning as Leadership for inspiring our research on self-image and compassionate goals.
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2010
The belief that difficulties can lead to growth in relationships, or growth belief, has consequences for relationships (e.g., C. R. Knee, 1998). But what predicts change in this belief? The current study hypothesized that compassionate goals to support others (J. Crocker & A. Canevello, 2008) predict increased growth belief through increased need satisfaction. In Study 1, 199 college freshmen reported their friendship growth belief and goals. In Study 2, 65 roommate pairs reported their roommate growth belief, goals, and need satisfaction. Across studies, compassionate goals predicted increased growth belief. In Study 2, goals predicted increased perceived mutual need satisfaction, which predicted increased growth belief. Additionally, partners' compassionate goals predicted actors' increased growth belief. Results suggest that growth beliefs are shaped by goals—own and others'.