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Ideal Standards, Acceptance, and Relationship Satisfaction: Latitudes of Differential Effects.

Asuman Buyukcan-Tetik, Johan C Karremans, Catrin Finkenauer, Lorne Campbell, Gesa Kappen
We examined whether the relations of consistency between ideal standards and perceptions of a current romantic partner with partner acceptance and relationship satisfaction level off, or decelerate, above a threshold. We tested our hypothesis using a 3-year longitudinal data set collected from heterosexual newlywed couples. We used two indicators of consistency: pattern correspondence (within-person correlation between ideal standards and perceived partner ratings) and mean-level match (difference between ideal standards score and perceived partner score). Our results revealed that pattern correspondence had no relation with partner acceptance, but a positive linear/exponential association with relationship satisfaction. Mean-level match had a significant positive association with actor's acceptance and relationship satisfaction up to the point where perceived partner score equaled ideal standards score. Partner effects did not show a consistent pattern. The results suggest that the consistency between ideal standards and perceived partner attributes has a non-linear association with acceptance and relationship satisfaction, although the results were more conclusive for mean-level match.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01691

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01691

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