Sociability Matters Downstream Consequences of Perceived Partner Responsiveness in Social Life

Harry T. Reis, Guy Itzchakov, Karisa Y. Lee, Yan Ruan

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Extensive research has documented people’s desire for social partners who are responsive to their needs and preferences, and that when they perceive that others have been responsive, they and their relationships typically thrive. For these reasons, perceived partner responsiveness is well-positioned as a core organizing theme for the study of sociability in general, and close relationships in particular. Research has less often addressed the downstream consequences of perceived partner responsiveness for cognitive and afective processes. This gap in research is important, because relationships provide a central focus and theme for many, if not most, of the behaviors studied by social psychologists. This chapter begins with an overview of the construct of perceived partner responsiveness and its centrality for relationships. We then review programs of research demonstrating how perceived partner responsiveness infuences three core social-psychological processes: self-enhancing social cognitions, attitude structure, and emotion regulation. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of how deeper incorporation of relationship processes can enhance the informativeness and completeness of social psychological theories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Sociability
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Human Attachment
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781000594591
ISBN (Print)9781032193076
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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