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The role of shared-values affirmation in enhancing the feelings of low self-esteem women about their relationships

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People with low self-esteem (LSEs) tend to have unwarranted insecurities about their relationships (Murray, Holmes, & Griffin, 2000). We examine whether LSEs' perceptions of their partners' acceptance can be bolstered by thinking about a value that they share with their partner. Study 1 showed that female LSEs who completed such an affirmation reported greater acceptance by their partners than those who did not reflect on such values. Study 2 showed that female LSEs who thought about a shared value showed greater accessibility of acceptance-related words, felt closer to, and more in love with their partners than those who did not think about a shared value or who thought about an important value they did not share with their partner. In both studies female HSEs were relatively unaffected by the affirmation manipulation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada 2: University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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