Close relationships and health: The interactive effect of positive and negative aspects

Kharah M. Ross, Karen Rook, Lauren Winczewski, Nancy Collins, Christine Dunkel Schetter

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Abstract

Most health research focuses on the independent associations of positive or negative aspects of close relationships with health outcomes. A small but growing literature has begun to examine interactive effects of positive and negative aspects. These interactive effects frequently predict health independently or above-and-beyond main effects of either the positive or the negative aspects, suggesting unique relationship processes or emergent features of these close relationship patterns. Our goal in this review is to lay out the existing approaches to studying the interactive effects of positive and negative aspects of close relationships and to review available evidence linking these interactive effects to health outcomes. We conclude by discussing important unresolved issues and highlighting critical directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12468
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun. 2019

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