The self-fulfilling prophecy in close relationships: rejection sensitivity and rejection by romantic partners.

  title={The self-fulfilling prophecy in close relationships: rejection sensitivity and rejection by romantic partners.},
  author={Geraldine Downey and Antonio L. Freitas and Benjamin H Michaelis and Hala Khouri},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={75 2},
The authors hypothesized a self-fulfilling prophecy wherein rejection expectancies lead people to behave in ways that elicit rejection from their dating partners. The hypothesis was tested in 2 studies of conflict in couples: (a) a longitudinal field study where couples provided daily-diary reports and (b) a lab study involving behavioral observations. Results from the field study showed that high rejection-sensitive (HRS) people's relationships were more likely to break up than those of low… 

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