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The manageability of empathic (in)accuracy during couples' conflict : relationship-protection or self-protection?

Celine Hinnekens (UGent) , Tom Loeys (UGent) , Maarten De Schryver (UGent) and Lesley Verhofstadt (UGent)
(2018) MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. 42(3). p.403-418
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The current study sought to expand upon research on motivated empathic (in)accuracy by testing assumptions underlying the empathic accuracy model, namely if a perceiver's level of empathic accuracy is variable and might be associated with different outcomes depending the situation. More specifically, the model assumes that (a) the perception of threat in the thoughts/feelings of an interaction partner can result in a lower level of empathic accuracy, and (b) empathic accuracy can both improve and harm situational well-being on the personal and relationship level. These assumptions were tested in a laboratory-based study in which couples participated in a conflict interaction task and reported on their thought processes during a video-review task. All participants also completed a similar standard-stimulus task. A shift in participants' motivation to be accurate to a motivation to be inaccurate in response to perceived threat could not be detected. Men's higher levels of empathic accuracy for non-threatening feelings of their female partner were predictive of an increased feeling of closeness in men. Women's higher levels of empathic accuracy for non-threatening feelings of the male partner were predictive for a better mood in women. A harmful effect of empathic accuracy for threatening thoughts/feelings on situational well-being was not found.
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RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION, MARITAL INTERACTION, ONLINE COGNITION, INVESTMENT MODEL, ACCURACY, BEHAVIOR, MOTIVATION, GENDER, SCALE, COMMITMENT, Empathic accuracy, Understanding, Couple conflict, Motivation, Perceived, threat

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Hinnekens, Celine et al. “The Manageability of Empathic (in)accuracy During Couples’ Conflict : Relationship-protection or Self-protection?” MOTIVATION AND EMOTION 42.3 (2018): 403–418. Print.
APA
Hinnekens, C., Loeys, T., De Schryver, M., & Verhofstadt, L. (2018). The manageability of empathic (in)accuracy during couples’ conflict : relationship-protection or self-protection? MOTIVATION AND EMOTION, 42(3), 403–418.
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Hinnekens, Celine, Tom Loeys, Maarten De Schryver, and Lesley Verhofstadt. 2018. “The Manageability of Empathic (in)accuracy During Couples’ Conflict : Relationship-protection or Self-protection?” Motivation and Emotion 42 (3): 403–418.
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Hinnekens, Celine, Tom Loeys, Maarten De Schryver, and Lesley Verhofstadt. 2018. “The Manageability of Empathic (in)accuracy During Couples’ Conflict : Relationship-protection or Self-protection?” Motivation and Emotion 42 (3): 403–418.
Vancouver
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Hinnekens C, Loeys T, De Schryver M, Verhofstadt L. The manageability of empathic (in)accuracy during couples’ conflict : relationship-protection or self-protection? MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. New york: Springer/plenum Publishers; 2018;42(3):403–18.
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C. Hinnekens, T. Loeys, M. De Schryver, and L. Verhofstadt, “The manageability of empathic (in)accuracy during couples’ conflict : relationship-protection or self-protection?,” MOTIVATION AND EMOTION, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 403–418, 2018.
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  author       = {Hinnekens, Celine and Loeys, Tom and De Schryver, Maarten and Verhofstadt, Lesley},
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  journal      = {MOTIVATION AND EMOTION},
  keywords     = {RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION,MARITAL INTERACTION,ONLINE COGNITION,INVESTMENT MODEL,ACCURACY,BEHAVIOR,MOTIVATION,GENDER,SCALE,COMMITMENT,Empathic accuracy,Understanding,Couple conflict,Motivation,Perceived,threat},
  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {The manageability of empathic (in)accuracy during couples' conflict : relationship-protection or self-protection?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11031-018-9689-z},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2018},
}

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