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Interpersonal Processes of Couples' Daily Support for Goal Pursuit: The Example of Physical Activity


Berli, Corina; Bolger, Niall; Shrout, Patrick E; Stadler, Gertraud; Scholz, Urte (2018). Interpersonal Processes of Couples' Daily Support for Goal Pursuit: The Example of Physical Activity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(3):332-344.

Abstract

Little is known about how couples' social support facilitates the pursuit of important goals in daily life. Using an interpersonal perspective, we examined the effects of support provision and receipt on same-day physical activity, and studied the role of partners' joint engagement in activities. One hundred nineteen heterosexual couples reported on target persons' received and partners' provided support across 28 diary days, yielding 2,854 valid days. A dyadic report on couples' joint engagement was obtained from a subset of 88 couples. Target persons' daily activity was objectively assessed via accelerometers. On days with high versus low levels of provided support, target persons' activity was 25 min higher. Support receipt mediated 20% of this effect. Joint engagement accounted for around half of the effects of provided and received support. Support provision is uniquely linked to goal implementation in everyday life. Joint engagement in activities may be one explanation for how support is facilitated.

Abstract

Little is known about how couples' social support facilitates the pursuit of important goals in daily life. Using an interpersonal perspective, we examined the effects of support provision and receipt on same-day physical activity, and studied the role of partners' joint engagement in activities. One hundred nineteen heterosexual couples reported on target persons' received and partners' provided support across 28 diary days, yielding 2,854 valid days. A dyadic report on couples' joint engagement was obtained from a subset of 88 couples. Target persons' daily activity was objectively assessed via accelerometers. On days with high versus low levels of provided support, target persons' activity was 25 min higher. Support receipt mediated 20% of this effect. Joint engagement accounted for around half of the effects of provided and received support. Support provision is uniquely linked to goal implementation in everyday life. Joint engagement in activities may be one explanation for how support is facilitated.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:23 Nov 2017 14:47
Last Modified:29 Jul 2018 06:28
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0146-1672
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167217739264
PubMed ID:29121824
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDPP00P1_133632
  • : Project TitleInter- and intraindividual dynamics in health behavior change
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDP2BEP1_158975
  • : Project TitleSelf-regulation interventions in health behavior change: Examining mediating mechanisms in everyday life

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