The Contingencies of Interpersonal Acceptance: When Romantic Relationships Function as a Self-Affirmational Resource

  title={The Contingencies of Interpersonal Acceptance: When Romantic Relationships Function as a Self-Affirmational Resource},
  author={Sandra L. Murray and Gina M. Bellavia and Brooke C Feeney and John G. Holmes and Paul Rose},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
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