The role of unstable self-esteem in the appraisal of romantic relationships

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The relationship appraisals of individuals with stable and unstable forms of self-esteem were examined in two studies using undergraduate participants. Study 1 (N = 166) used indicators of relationship closeness and satisfaction whereas Study 2 (N = 125) examined relationship commitment. Across both studies, men with unstable high self-esteem reported more positive views of their relationships than other individuals. We believe that the fragile nature of their feelings of self-worth may have motivated these men to appraise their relationships positively in an effort to maintain and enhance their own tenuous feelings of self-worth. These findings suggest that men with unstable high self-esteem may use their romantic relationships to regulate how they feel about themselves. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zeigler-Hill, V; Fulton, JJ; McLemore, C

Published Date

  • July 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 51 - 56

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-8869

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.paid.2011.03.009

Citation Source

  • Scopus