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Congruence of Explicit and Implicit Intimacy Motives Enhances Relationship Satisfaction

Poster Session II - Board: II- 126
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
APS Exhibit Hall

Birk Hagemeyer
Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany

Franz J. Neyer
Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany

The intimacy motive was assessed with a relationship-specific TAT-type picture-story task and with a self-report questionnaire in a sample of 499 romantic couples. Both motive measures showed positive effects on self-reported relationship satisfaction. Moreover, motive congruence (i.e., converging scores on both measures) enhanced relationship satisfaction even further.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Motivation

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