Creating and undermining social support in communal relationships: the role of compassionate and self-image goals.

@article{Crocker2008CreatingAU,
  title={Creating and undermining social support in communal relationships: the role of compassionate and self-image goals.},
  author={Jennifer Crocker and Amy Canevello},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={95 3},
  pages={
          555-75
        }
}
In 2 studies, the authors examined whether relationship goals predict change in social support and trust over time. In Study 1, a group of 199 college freshmen completed pretest and posttest measures of social support and interpersonal trust and completed 10 weekly reports of friendship goals and relationship experiences. Average compassionate goals predicted closeness, clear and connected feelings, and increased social support and trust over the semester; self-image goals attenuated these… 

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