Conditional regard in close relationships.

Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Guy Roth, Avi Assor, Abira Reizer

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In this chapter, the authors build on self-determination theory and analyze ways in which social contexts can interfere with desirable autonomy. They focus especially on the use of conditional positive and negative regard in the socialization of children and the treatment of adult relationship partners, which can inhibit autonomy and erode well-being. The authors review recent studies showing that both forms of conditional regard—positive as well as negative—have harmful effects on autonomous motivation, academic achievement, psychological well-being, and relationship quality. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationMeaning, mortality, and choice
Subtitle of host publicationThe social psychology of existential concerns.
EditorsPhillip R Shaver, Mario Mikulincer
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)1433811553, 9781433811555
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Independence (Personality)
  • Self-Determination
  • Social Interaction
  • Well Being
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Academic Achievement
  • Childhood Development
  • Existentialism
  • Meaning
  • Motivation
  • Relationship Quality
  • Socialization
  • Autonomy


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