Volume VI, 2007
The relationship between self-monitoring and maintenance strategies for best friendships was examined in this investigation. The 25-item Self-Monitoring Scale was used to assess participants’ self-monitoring type. Rusbult’s exit-voice-loyalty-neglect measure was used to assess participants’ maintenance strategies. It was predicted that high self-monitors more than low self-monitors would engage in destructive maintenance strategies, and low self-monitors more than high self-monitors would engage in constructive maintenance strategies. High self-monitors did use neglect, a destructive and passive strategy, more than did low self-monitors. However, high self-monitors did use loyalty, a constructive and passive strategy, more than did low self-monitors. The use of maintenance strategies may differ for self-monitoring types on an active vs. passive dimension as opposed to a constructive vs. destructive dimension. Limitations and future directions are discussed later in detail.
Sommerfeld, Sarah Danielle, "Self-Monitoring Differences in Best Friendship Maintenance: Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and Neglect" (2007). All Volumes (2001-2008). Paper 43.