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Assessing the Independence of Explicitly- and Implicitly- Assessed Relationship Evaluations

Title: Assessing the Independence of Explicitly- and Implicitly- Assessed Relationship Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis.

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Name(s): Hicks, Lindsey L. (Lindsey Lee), author
McNulty, James K., professor directing thesis
Plant, Ashby, committee member
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (28 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In light of dual-process models of social cognition, relationship scientists have utilized measures designed to bypass deliberative processing in order to capture spouses' more automatic attitudes about their partners and their relationships. Here, we review the theoretical distinctions between deliberative and automatic evaluations as laid out by dual process models of social cognition, discuss the implications of these distinctions in the context of romantic relationships, and present a meta-analysis of correlations between explicitly and implicitly-measured relationship evaluations. A fixed-effects meta-analysis of 65 correlations summarizing the relationship evaluations of 2688 total participants revealed that the overall association between the two types of measures was significant but small (r = .05), indicating that explicit and implicit evaluations capture distinct relationship phenomena. We end by discussing several theoretical implications, including when implicit versus explicit measures of relationships may be more appropriate, the contexts in which implicit and explicit relationship evaluations might be more or less correlated, and why studying romantic relationships can offer unique insights for dual process models of social cognition.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Hicks_fsu_0071N_13903 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 5, 2017.
Keywords: dual process models, implicit measures, meta-analysis, relationship evaluations
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: James K. McNulty, Professor Directing Thesis; E. Ashby Plant, Committee Member; Chris W. Schatsneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social psychology
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