Factors Associated With Participating in a Romantic Relationship in a Work Environment1


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    I thank Herman Aguinis, Donn Byrne, Kevin J. Williams, Robert A. Baron, and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments on earlier versions. Portions of this article were presented at the meetings of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boulder, Colorado, April 1995 and Park City, Utah, April 1996.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Charles A. Pierce, Department of Psychology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-0344. e-mail: capierce@montana.edu. World Wide Web: http://www.montana.edu/wwwpy/cppage.html.


Questionnaires were administered to graduate students employed by a large university to assess part of Pierce, Byrne, and Aguinis's (1996) model of workplace romance. Based on data from 297 respondents, results indicate that (a) females held less favorable attitudes toward romance and sexual intimacy at work than did males, (b) participating in a romantic relationship with a member of the same organization was positively associated with a participant's self-appraised job performance, and (c) consistent with an affective spillover hypothesis, degree of loving feelings for a current romantic partner was positively associated with an individual's own level of intrinsic work motivation, job involvement, and satisfaction with his or her type of work. Results are discussed in light of Pierce et al.'s (1996) model, and potential study limitations are addressed.