Year of Publication
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in General Psychology (MAGP)
Dr. Christopher Leone
Dr. Lori Lange
The relationship between self-monitoring and use of maintenance strategies in friendships was examined. It was hypothesized that low self-monitors would engage in more idealization, report higher degrees of closeness, and report higher degrees of platonic love in their relationships with their best friends than would high self-monitors. Participants (81 females, 61 males) completed Snyder and Gangestad's (1986) revised Self- Monitoring Scale; Edmond's (1967) Marital Conventionalization Scale; Hendrick's (1988) Relationship Assessment Scale; the Diversity and Strength scales of Berscheid, Snyder, & Omoto's (1989) Relationship Closeness Inventory; Aron, Aron, and Allen's (1998) Desirability, Probability, Desirability of the State, and Intensity Scales; and Sternberg's (1988) Triangular Love Scale. Low self-monitors reported engaging in a wider variety of activities with their best friends than did high self-monitors (p < .05), and low self-monitors reported slightly greater levels of satisfaction in their relationships with their best friends than did high self-monitors (p < .07). Plausible alternative explanations for these findings and suggestions for further research are discussed.
Flanigan, Nadia Nicol, "Keeping Friendships Alive: Self-monitoring and Maintenance Strategies" (2005). UNF Theses and Dissertations. 168.