Charlotte D. W. Vinkers and Catrin Finkenauer, Department of Social Psychology, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Skyler T. Hawk, Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Why do close partners snoop? Predictors of intrusive behavior in newlywed couples
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 110–124, March 2011
How to Cite
VINKERS, C. D. W., FINKENAUER, C. and HAWK, S. T. (2011), Why do close partners snoop? Predictors of intrusive behavior in newlywed couples. Personal Relationships, 18: 110–124. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01314.x
This research was supported by a grant to the second author from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (452-05-322).
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
Existing research shows that intrusive behavior has detrimental consequences for relationships. Surprisingly, little is known about why close relationship partners snoop. This study examined why romantic partners engage in intrusive behavior among newlywed couples in the Netherlands. As predicted, the results showed that perceiving a lack of partner disclosure is linked to intrusive behavior, and importantly, that trust moderates this link. Only when people did not trust their partner were their perceptions of partners' low disclosure associated with intrusive behavior. When people trusted their partner, perceived partner disclosure was not associated with intrusive behavior. These results help to explain why people snoop and highlight the importance of trust as a powerful protective buffer against intrusive behavior in close relationships.