Avengees' perspectives on revenge: Commitment as a predictor and relationship type differences

Susan D. Boon, Stephen M. Yoshimura

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Abstract

This study investigated how people respond emotionally to and make sense of the experience of being on the receiving end of an angry relationship partner's attempted revenge. Using an interdependence theory framework, we tested hypotheses concerning the role of commitment and investigated differences due to relationship type. We asked participants (N = 439) if they had experienced revenge at the hands of either a romantic partner, family member, or associate. Among those who had (N = 254), we found support for hypotheses linking commitment with avengees' affective and evaluative responses to being the target of revenge, but little evidence that these associations vary by relationship type. Possible routes by which commitment may influence people's experiences as avengees are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-490
Number of pages16
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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