Discrepancies between explicit and implicit self-esteem: implications for mate retention strategies and perceived infidelity.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The purpose of the present study was to examine whether the association between explicit self-esteem and relationship outcomes was moderated by implicit self-esteem. This was accomplished by asking 210 undergraduates who were currently involved in romantic relationships to complete measures of their explicit self-esteem, implicit self-esteem, mate retention strategies, and likelihood of future infidelity. Implicit self-esteem was found to moderate the association between high explicit self-esteem and relationship outcomes for male participants such that men with discrepant high self-esteem (i.e., high explicit self-esteem but low implicit self-esteem) reported less use of mate retention strategies and perceived a greater likelihood of future infidelity in their relationships during the next year. These findings provide additional support for the idea that fragile self-esteem may have consequences for the manner in which individuals perceive their relationships.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 670 - 686

PubMed ID

  • 23057188

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4545

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00224545.2012.688778


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States