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AICE member Lisanne Pauw and her colleagues publish new paper on spillover effects in support provision among romantic partners.

Lisanne Pauw together with Suzanne Hoogeveen, Christina Breitenstein, Fabienne Meier, Valentina Rauch-Anderegg, Mona Neysari, Mike Martin, Guy Bodenmann and Anne Milek recently published an article in a Special Issue in Frontiers of Psychology on Individual and Dyadic Processes: Health and Relationship Outcomes. 

The abstract of the paper is as follows:

"When experiencing personal distress, people usually expect their romantic partner to be supportive. However, when put in a situation to provide support, people may at times (still) be struggling with issues of their own, which may impact their motivation and ability to be a responsive support provider. In three behavioral studies, the authors examined how sharers’ experiences may spill over to affect their own support provision in a subsequent dyadic coping interaction. They hypothesized that the extent to which sharers perceive their partner as responsive to their own self-disclosure increases the quality of their own subsequent support provision (Hypothesis 1), whereas sharers’ lingering negative affect reduces the quality of their own subsequent support provision (Hypothesis 2). In line with the first hypothesis, perceived partner responsiveness predicted the provision of higher-quality support, though primarily as perceived by the partner. Evidence for the second hypothesis was mixed. While lingering negative affect did not affect positive dyadic coping behavior or perceived support, it did increase the chances of negative dyadic coping behavior. Taken together, these findings suggest that support interactions may feed back into one another, highlighting the complex and interdependent nature of dyadic coping."