The individual and relational risks of providing support to an inconsolable partner

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Abstract

The two studies in this article examined how perceptions of partner inconsolability are associated with the self-esteem and relationship satisfaction of the caregiver. Study 1 documented a negative correlation between perceptions of partner inconsolability and relationship satisfaction, particularly among those high in rejection sensitivity. This association held even when controlling for both self- and partner-reported levels of caregiving, as well as individual characteristics of both partners that may bias perceptions of inconsolability. In Study 2, participants who recalled a time when their partner was inconsolable reported lower state self-esteem, and among individuals high in rejection sensitivity, lower relationship satisfaction.

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