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Daily and Long-Term Consequences of Support Seeking in Chinese Couples: Between-Person Differences and Within-Person Processes

Xu, Feng, Hilpert, Peter and Bodenmann, Guy (2019) Daily and Long-Term Consequences of Support Seeking in Chinese Couples: Between-Person Differences and Within-Person Processes International Journal of Psychology.

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that support-seeking behavior is culture-specific, such that Asians are less likely to seek support when stressed compared with Westerners. However, mounting evidence is based on the vignette methodology or the cross-sectional survey and utilized students sample. Little is known about how such behavior manifests in real life and incurs relational consequences. Moreover, psychological theories predict both differences in support-seeking behavior between persons and the variability of such behavior within persons. The current study aims to explore between-and within-person associations between support seeking and relationship satisfaction in Chinese couples. Eighty-four Chinese couples reported their daily stressors, support seeking behavior, and relationship satisfaction every evening for 7 days and overall relationship satisfaction before the diary study and one year later. We found that support seeking matters in Asian couples: On days when couples sought more support, they would be more satisfied with their relationship. Notably, no negative associations between couples' own support seeking and partners' relationship satisfaction were found. This study advances our understanding of general and temporal support-seeking processes in Asian couples in the course of everyday life and over time. Results entail important theoretical and practical implications.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Xu, Feng
Hilpert, Peterp.hilpert@surrey.ac.uk
Bodenmann, Guy
Date : 17 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords : Chinese couples; Between-person differences; Relationship satisfaction; Support seeking; Within-person processes
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 20 Nov 2019 11:32
Last Modified : 20 Nov 2019 14:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853185

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