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# The positive and negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction

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Semantic differential items were reconfigured to assess relationship satisfaction across separate positive and negative attitude dimensions. Study 1 (N = 1,656) supported a 2-factor model for the Positive and Negative Semantic Differential (PN–SMD), as well as its convergent, criterion-related, and incremental validity over the 16-item Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI; J. L. Funk & R. D. Rogge, 2007) using known correlates of relationship satisfaction as criteria. Study 2 (N = 89) replicated the convergent, criterion-related, and incremental validity findings of Study 1 using different criterion measures, the CSI, a bipolar semantic differential measure designed for assessing relationship satisfaction, and an existing 2-dimensional measure of relationship satisfaction. The authors demonstrated across studies that the PN–SMD captures criterion-relevant information about ambivalence versus indifference toward the relationship—associations that are only detectable when using a 2-dimensional satisfaction measure.

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... Again based on the literature, we expected the eight-item CRIT to be negatively related to self-esteem [33,78], resilience [79][80][81] and positive relationship satisfaction [35,71,72]. The following construal-level measures were used: the Rosenberg Self-esteem (RSE) scale [82][83][84][85], the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) [86,87] and the Positive Semantic Dimension (PSD) from the PN-SMD scale [77]. The above analyses were conducted with IBM SPSS version 26.0 and the lavaan package version 0.6-5 [88] in R (3.6.3). ...
... The PN-SMD comprises 14 items using an 8-point Likert-type scale (from 0 = not at all to 7 = completely) to measure two dimensions related to Positive Semantic Dimension (PSD) (items 1 to 7, α = 0.90), e.g., positive qualities like 'enjoyable' and 'friendly', and Negative Semantic Dimension (NSD) (items 8 to 14, α = 0.92), i.e., negative qualities like 'discouraging' and 'miserable'. Higher scores indicate high levels of positive and negative relationship satisfaction, respectively [77]. ...
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... In other words, it is highly likely that kissing and other relationship behaviors may have differential influences on sexual and relationship satisfaction as compared to dissatisfaction. This distinction is an important one as knowing what variables influence satisfaction versus dissatisfaction may assist scholars and applied practitioners in helping couples avoid the degradation of relationship quality that typically occurs over time, or to enhance a relationship that is already functioning well (James, 2015;Mattson et al., 2013). Currently no research on kissing has distinguished between sexual or relationship satisfaction and dissatisfaction. ...
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... Indifferent and ambivalent couples might differ in important ways, for example risk of interpartner abuse might be higher in ambivalent couples with their higher rates of negativity than in indifferent couples. Fincham and colleagues have developed three iterations of a scale that separated out evaluations of positive and negative relationship qualities (Fincham & Linchfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Rogge et al., 2017). In each study, the positive and negative quality scales were distinguishable, although with large intercorrelation, and these bidimensional scales provided some incremental concurrent validity with relationship behaviors relative to unidimensional scales of satisfaction (Fincham & Linchfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Rogge et al., 2017). ...
... Fincham and colleagues have developed three iterations of a scale that separated out evaluations of positive and negative relationship qualities (Fincham & Linchfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Rogge et al., 2017). In each study, the positive and negative quality scales were distinguishable, although with large intercorrelation, and these bidimensional scales provided some incremental concurrent validity with relationship behaviors relative to unidimensional scales of satisfaction (Fincham & Linchfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Rogge et al., 2017). ...
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... Relationship satisfaction has traditionally been conceptualized as single dimension from high dissatisfaction to high satisfaction. Measured in this way, relationship satisfaction is connected with higher received support (Rogge, Fincham, Crasta, & Maniaci, 2017), higher support availability (Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013), and fewer support gaps (Dehle et al., 2001;Lawrence et al., 2008). However, a more nuanced approach to relationship evaluations has shown that satisfaction and dissatisfaction are two correlated (r ¼ À.39) but separated dimensions (Fincham & Linfield, 1997). ...
... Negative feelings. Separate from relationship satisfaction, relationship dissatisfaction has been connected to less received support (Rogge et al., 2017) and less available support (Mattson et al., 2013). Support gaps have also been associated with increased dissatisfaction (Dehle et al., 2001). ...
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... Although broad measures of romantic and family relationship satisfaction have been linked to stress and health, the measures used often provide a limited overview of solely relationship satisfaction. Many have argued for the need to examine positive and negative aspects of relationships separately, as it may provide more valid measurement and a more comprehensive view of relationship quality (e.g., Donoho et al., 2013;Kiecolt-Glaser & Newton, 2001;Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013). Similarly, in their study of adult children's relationships with aging parents and in-laws, Willson, Shuey, and Elder (2003) examined health as a predictor of intergenerational relationships, and state, "Feeling close to and supported by a parent does not preclude one from also harboring negative feelings toward that parent" (p. ...
... In this study, we examined the differential impacts of positive and negative aspects of romantic and family relationship quality on health separately. The results of the present study support the recommendation of considering the valence of relational quality in health research, as positive and negative aspects of close relationships showed different and unique associations with biobehavioral reactivity and disease activity (e.g., Donoho et al., 2013;Kiecolt-Glaser & Newton, 2001;Mattson et al., 2013;Willson et al., 2003). ...
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... The family environment includes interactions between parents, between parents and children, and between children in the household. Numerous theoretical conceptualizations and measurement approaches have been applied to interparental/marital (Fincham & Linfield, 1997;Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013), parent-child (Skinner, Johnson, & Snyder, 2005), and intersibling interactions (Brody, 1998) in the family, and conflict and warmth appear as key dimensions across all those types of interactions (Repetti et al., 2002). Conflict is characterized by recurrent episodes of aversive behavior, including anger, hostility, and aggression. ...
... Family conflict and warmth were conceptualized as separate but correlated dimensions, consistent with prior theory and research (Brody, 1998;Fincham & Linfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Repetti et al., 2002;Skinner et al., 2005). That said, the warmth and conflict summary (within reporter) and composite scores (between family) had high levels of shared variance, particularly among the children in our sample. ...
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... The ISS-CYC-J could be utilized in research looking at longitudinal changes in the relationship between sexual satisfaction and dissatisfaction as well as the level of sexual satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Previous studies have noted that bi-dimensional scales of satisfaction and dissatisfaction give useful insights into sexual relationship quality in sexually active individuals with a mean age of 27.0 (SD = 9.4) [51] and relational quality [52][53][54]. ...
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... Researchers in the field have postulated that dyadic satisfaction represents a person's overall assessment of their own romantic relationship, and there are some indicators that measure dyadic satisfaction and assesses how different aspects of a relationship are related to individual partner functioning [37,38]. According to Spanier [39], dyadic satisfaction is a concept that has several components, such as dyadic consensus (the level of agreement on matters important to the relationship such as religion, recreation, friends, house tasks, and time spent together), dyadic satisfaction (which represents the amount of tension in the relationship and the extent to which partners have considered ending it), affectional expression (the level of satisfaction regarding affection and sex in the relationship), and dyadic cohesion (interests and activities that the two partners have in common). ...
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... Do these responses indicate that both ends of the bipolar scale are relevant or that neither is relevant? Using separate positive and negative dimensions has been shown to yield information that is not captured by bipolar scales in research on close relationships (Mattson et al., 2012;Rogge et al., 2017). ...
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... Furthermore, insecure attachment would be associated with higher PC, and both would be associated with lower relational authenticity and satisfaction regarding one's romantic relationships. We included satisfaction as an outcome measure as it is considered to be one of the most important variables in romantic relationship research, and we presumed our mediation models would operate similarly regarding both authenticity and satisfaction (Mattson et al. 2013). To conclude, our specific hypotheses are as follows: ...
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... Relationship satisfaction is a foremost topic of research in current intimate relationship literature. Relationship satisfaction is defined as an individual's general level of satisfaction in regard to his/her relationship (Mattson et al., 2013). A healthy and stable intimate relationship is described as being key to an individual's happiness (Coyne et al., 2011) since a person usually first experiences romantic love during adolescence or even earlier. ...
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The aim of the study was to explore the extent to which the length, status and importance of current romantic relationship, the number of previous romantic relationship, as well as individual factors, such as levels of self-compassion, and anxiety about social appearance, are predictors of the romantic relationship satisfaction of young adults. The study included 284 university students but 34 of them were removed for several reasons and analysis was carried out with 250 participants (59.6% female, 40.4% male). Relationship Assessment Scale, Self-Compassion Scale, Social Appearance Anxiety Scale, and demographic information form were used to collect data. Hierarchical regression analysis results showed that the importance of the current romantic relationship, the number of previous romantic relationships, and levels of self-compassion were positive predictors but the length and the status of the relationship, along with the level of anxiety regarding social appearance were not significant predictors of romantic relationship satisfaction. The model explained 37% of the variance in the romantic relationship satisfaction of young adults.
... The goals of this study were to provide the rst French version of the Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI) and to examine its reliability with a small sample of French-speaking men from the general population in Canada. Over the years, relationship dissatisfaction has repeatedly been linked to negative physical and psychological outcomes [2,13,14,20,21,22,23]. Since language also has a determinant role in health [24], there is evident need to validate translated relationship satisfaction scales, such as the CSI. ...
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Background It is imperative for health care professionals to have access to valid and reliable tools to evaluate the quality of romantic relationships, as it has been repeatedly shown to be related to psychological and physical health outcomes. The Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI) was developed to address the shortcomings of the most widely cited measures of satisfaction by increasing precision and power of measurement. However, the use of this questionnaire is limited due to a lack of translated versions. The purpose of the current study was therefore to translate the CSI to Canadian French (CanFrench-CSI) and to evaluate its reliability in a sample of male Canadians. Methods The CSI questionnaire was adapted and translated into Canadian French using a forward-backward approach. Its reliability was then evaluated by means of Cronbach’s alpha internal consistency coefficients, corrected item-total correlation coefficients, and a test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient at a two-week interval. Results Data from 53 men in committed relationships were analyzed. The French adaptation of the CSI demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Conclusions Overall, the results provided evidence supporting the translation consistency and reliability of the CanFrench-CSI, and thus, paved the way for further research on romantic relationships and health outcomes among French-speaking individuals.
... To gain an even more nuanced perspective on relationship satisfaction, positive and negative aspects of roommate relationship satisfaction were assessed with the Positive and Negative Semantic Differential (Mattson et al., 2013). This is a 14-item measure, with half of the items assessing positive aspects and half assessing negative aspects. ...
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... Relationship satisfaction is a foremost topic of research in current intimate relationship literature. Relationship satisfaction is defined as an individual's general level of satisfaction in regard to his/her relationship (Mattson et al., 2013). A healthy and stable intimate relationship is described as being key to an individual's happiness (Coyne et al., 2011) since a person usually first experiences romantic love during adolescence or even earlier. ...
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Problem: The purpose of this study is to examine the predictor roles of relationship characteristics (length of the relationship, importance given to the relationship, relationship status, number of previous romantic relationships), self-compassion, and social appearance anxiety in explaining emerging adults’ romantic relationship satisfaction. Method: In this relational research, participants were recruited from two different state universities located in the same region by using convenient sampling method. Two hundred seventy-one university students (156 females, 115 males) participated in the study. The age of the participants varied between 17 and 33 years (M = 21.95, SD = 2.35). Data were collected through Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS), Self-Compassion Scale (SCS), and Social Appearance Anxiety Scale (SAAS). In addition to these scales, a brief demographic information form was used. It included questions about gender, age, faculty, the length of the relationship, the importance of the relationship, the number of the previous romantic relationships and the status of the relationship. Findings: Hierarchical regression analysis was used to analyze the data. Prior to the main analysis, assumptions of the multiple regression analysis were checked and all of the assumptions were met. Then, three stepped hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to evaluate how well relationship characteristics (length of the relationship, importance given to the relationship, the relationship status, and the number of previous romantic relationships), self-compassion, and social appearance anxiety predicted relationship satisfaction. In the first step, all of the relationship characteristics variables (the length of the relationship, the importance given to the relationship, the relationship status, the number of previous romantic relationships) were entered to the model and results revealed that the importance of the romantic relationship (β = .57, p < .001) and the number of the previous romantic relationship (β = .13, p < .001) were significant positive predictors, whereas the length of the relationship (β = .06, p > .05) and the relationship status [pre-engaged (β = .03, p > .05, engaged (β = .07, p > .05)] were non-significant. In the second step, self-compassion (β = .19, p < .001) was entered to the model and also found as a significant positive predictor. In the third step, social appearance anxiety (β = - .10, p > .05) was added to the model and found as a non-significant negative predictor. The overall model explained 38% of the variance in emerging adults’ romantic relationship satisfaction. Results: The current study revealed that the importance of the romantic relationship, the number of the previous romantic relationship and self-compassion significantly contributed in explaining emerging adults’ romantic relationship satisfaction whereas the length of the relationship, the relationship status and social appearance anxiety did not. It should be noted that in this correlational study, findings do not show causation but they pointed out the variables associated with emerging adults’ romantic relationship satisfaction. The findings of the study were discussed in the light of the recent literature on romantic relationship satisfaction. Keywords: Relationship satisfaction, relationship characteristics, self-compassion, social appearance anxiety
... The positive and negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction were measured using a relationship satisfaction scale (PN-SMD) [109]. The participants were asked to rate the 14 items (7 positive and 7 negative) on an 8-point Likert-type scale from 0 (not at all) to 7 (always). ...
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The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the mediating effects of individual affect and relationship satisfaction on the relationship between self-esteem and Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Affect was measured using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), relationship satisfaction was assessed using a positive and negative semantic dimension scale, self-esteem was measured using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and PIU was measured using the Problematic Internet Use scale with a sample of 507 Chinese university students (Mage = 20.41 years, SD = 2.49). The relationships between the variables were tested using structural equation modelling with a multiple mediation model. The results revealed that negative affect and the negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction mediated the relationship between self-esteem and PIU. The implications of the results and the study’s theoretical contributions are discussed.
... Satisfaction is a hallmark of positive relationship with little or no conflict (Ertz & Sarigollu, 2019). Mattson et al. (2012) indicated that relationships higher in positive characteristics tend to have couples feeling more satisfied with each other and being less likely to cause conflicts. Couples who are satisfied in their relationships generally have less conflict, presumably because they take less offence, make more concessions, and respect different opinions (Bertoni & Bodenmann, 2010). ...
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... Relationship satisfaction: According to Mattson and others, relationship satisfaction is one of the most important variables in romantic relationship research [9]. Romantic relationship satisfaction corresponds to judgment of an individual about the positivity of his/her relationship [10][11]. ...
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... Satisfaction in committed relationships has been a focal point for scholars, therapists, policy makers, etc., and is one of the most studied relationship research variables (Glenn 1998;Larson et al. 2010). Relational satisfaction, narrowly defined, refers to a person's overall evaluation of their relationship and is assumed to be a unidimentional construct ranging from low/poor/unsatisfied to high/very satisfied (Mattson et al. 2013). Some scholars have connected poor marital satisfaction with higher chances for relationship dissolution (Coontz 2007;Previti and Amato 2004) and subsequent negative effects on health and wellness of those terminating the relationship (Amato and Kane 2011;Carr and Springer 2010) and to negative educational, income, and relationship outcomes of their descendants (Amato 2000) up to three generations after the relationship dissolution (Amato and Cheadle 2005). ...
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... Currently, there are several well-validated measures of several aspects of intimate relationships that assess separate positive and negative dimensions (e.g., Campo et al., 2009;Fincham & Linfield, 1997;Herrington et al., 2008;Rogge at al., 2017;Sanford et al., 2016;Whisman & Li, 2015). The availability of multiple sets of positivity and negativity measures can be important in several applications, such as selection of measured indicators of latent positivity and negativity factors in structural equation modeling, a common approach in relationship science (e.g., Malinen, Tolvanen, & Rönkä, 2012;Mattson, Paldino, & Johnson, 2007;Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013). ...
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... Research on marital relationships suggests that indifference could be one pathway to deteriorating marital quality (Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013), potentially indicating disengagement, apathy, or neglect that precedes the end of a relationship (DeLongis et al., 2004). Thus, indifferent close relationships could indicate a form of relationship distress, with downstream implications for health and well-being. ...
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... The positive and negative indicators can also be conceptualized as estimations of satisfaction with the partner. More positive attitudes reflect higher satisfaction while more negative attitudes reflect higher levels of dissatisfaction with the partner.Positive and Negative Semantic Differential -PNSDThe PNSD(Mattson, Rogge, Johnson, Davidson, & Fincham, 2013) measures global attitudes toward the relationship. It is an internally consistent, two-factor scale consisting of 14 highly precise and informative semantically differentiating items, 7 measuring the positive and 7 the negative relationship attitudes on 8-point Likert scales ranging from not at all (1) to absolutely (8). ...
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... Psychological reward has been explored in this way, in which reward is defined as the evaluation and selection of a choice based on reward, risk, and uncertainty, indicative of hidden favor processing (Fennell & Baddeley, 2013). Relationship satisfaction has been studied by inclusion of a second dimension (indifference versus ambivalence), in which psychological evaluation of a social relationship was measured in terms of relationship satisfaction (similar to reward; Mattson et al., 2013). The meaning of the relationship was shown to include multiple dimensions (bad to good in one dimension and mixed attitudes in the other). ...
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... The child-bearing years may provide a unique context in which a woman's partner relationship has potentially powerful effects. ''Indifferent'' partner relationships may indicate a lack of partner engagement, reflecting withdrawal, neglect or apathy that could precede separation or divorce (DeLongis et al., 2004;Fincham & Linfield, 1997;Mattson et al., 2013;Vinokur & van Ryn, 1993). As such, a general lack of partner engagement during postpartum months-both positively and negatively-may be more potent for longer term maternal health than partner conflict, which can be thought of as a byproduct of any relationship, and is not, in and of itself, detrimental if well managed or not extreme in severity. ...
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Scientific study of marital satisfaction attracted widespread attention in the 1990s from scholars representing diverse orientations and goals. This article highlights key conceptual and empirical advances that have emerged in the past decade, with particular emphasis on (a) interpersonal processes that operate within marriage, including cognition, affect, physiology, behavioral patterning, social support, and violence; (b) the milieus within which marriages operate, including microcontexts (e.g., the presence of children, life stressors and transitions) and macrocontexts (e.g., economic factors, perceived mate availability); and (c) the conceptualization and measurement of marital satisfaction, including 2-dimensional, trajectory-based, and social-cognitive approaches. Notwithstanding the continued need for theoretical progress in understanding the nature and determinants of marital satisfaction, we conclude by calling for more large-scale longitudinal research that links marital processes with sociocultural contexts, for more disconfirmatory than confirmatory research, and for research that directly guides preventive, clinical, and policy-level interventions.
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