Self-esteem, relationship threat, and dependency regulation: Independent replication of Murray, Rose, Bellavia, Holmes, and Kusche (2002) Study 3
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Lorne Campbell
University of Western Ontario

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, Balzarini, Kohut, Dobson, Hahn, Moroz, & Stanton (2018)

Journal of Research in Personality 10.1016/j.jrp.2017.04.001
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Study complies with the Basic 4 (retroactive) reporting standard:
  1. Excluded data (subjects/observations): Full details reported in article.
  2. Experimental conditions: Full details reported in article.
  3. Outcome measures: Full details reported in article.
  4. Sample size determination: Full details reported in article.
Date of retroactive disclosure: May 2, 2018.
Replications 1
self-esteem buffers relationship threat
Abstract
Across three studies, Murray, Rose, Bellavia, Holmes, and Kusche (2002) found that low self-esteem individuals responded in a negative manner compared to those high in self-esteem in the face of relationship threat, perceiving their partners and relationships less positively. This was the first empirical support for the hypothesized dynamics of a dependency regulation perspective, and has had a significant impact on the field of relationship science. In the present research, we sought to reproduce the methods and procedures of Study 3 of Murray et al. (2002) to further test the two-way interaction between individual differences in self-esteem and situational relationship threat. Manipulation check effects replicated the original study, but no interaction between self-esteem and experimental condition was observed for any primary study outcomes.
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Original.Study Target.Effect Rep.Method.Similarity Rep.Differences Auxiliary.Hypotheses
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Study complies with the Basic 4 (retroactive) reporting standard:
  1. Excluded data (subjects/observations): Full details reported in article.
  2. Experimental conditions: Full details reported in article.
  3. Outcome measures: Full details reported in article.
  4. Sample size determination: Full details reported in article.
Date of retroactive disclosure: May 2, 2018.
Murray, Rose, Bellavia, Holmes, & Kusche (2002) Study 3 self-esteem buffers relationship threat Exact
Same:
  • IV/DV operationalizations
  • IV/DV stimuli
  • procedural details
  • physical setting
  • population
  • Canadian rather than US undergraduate sample
  • Successful relationship threat manipulation check
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