The Role of Individual and Dyadic Planning in Couples’ Daily Goal Pursuits

Ophir Katzenelenbogen, Nina Knoll, Gertraud Stadler, Eran Bar-Kalifa

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Planning promotes progress toward goal achievement in a wide range of domains. To date, planning has mostly been studied as an individual process. In couples, however, the partner is likely to play an important role in planning. This study tested the effects of individual and dyadic planning on goal progress and goal-related actions. Two samples of couples (N = 76 and N = 87) completed daily diaries over a period of 28 and 21 days. The results indicate that individual and dyadic planning fluctuate on a daily basis and support the idea that dyadic planning is predominantly used as a complementary strategy to individual planning. As expected, individual and dyadic planning were positively associated with higher levels of action control and goal progress. In Sample 2, dyadic planning was only associated with goal progress on days in which individuals felt that they were dependent upon their partners’ behaviors to achieve their goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-253
Number of pages15
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • dyadic planning
  • planning
  • romantic relationships
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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