Resisting temptation: Devaluation of alternative partners as a means of maintaining commitment in close relationships.

  title={Resisting temptation: Devaluation of alternative partners as a means of maintaining commitment in close relationships.},
  author={Dennis J. Johnson and C. Rusbult},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
This work tested the hypothesis that persons who are more committed to their relationships devalue potential alternative partners, especially attractive and threatening alternatives. In Study 1, a longitudinal study, perceived quality of alternatives decreased over time among stayers but increased for leavers. In Study 2, a computer dating service paradigm, more committed persons exhibited greatest devaluation of alternatives under conditions of high threat—when personally evaluating extremely… 

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