Data Blitz 2

  • 5:00 pm To 5:45 pm on July 20, 2019
  • Terrace Room Bramber House

Chronic and Acute Stress Index (CASI): Validation of a new measure to investigate stress in romantic relationships

Romantic partners can experience stress that originates outside (external) or inside (internal) their relationship. Stress can both spillover (external to internal) and crossover to one’s romantic partner. Despite these well-known associations, to date, a self-report measure designed to test the influence of daily stressor on couple satisfaction is missing from the literature. To address this gap in the literature, we test the psychometric properties and validity of the Chronic and Acute Stress Index (CASI), a 16-items measure designed to evaluate acute and chronic stressors that may impact individuals in a romantic relationship.

The Effect of Coordinated Movement on Perceptions of Social Competence

Research suggests that the properties of coordinated movement are important for evaluating the social competencies of others. This study investigated the perceptions of social competence that typically developing adults have of adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/ Dyspraxia). Initial analysis shows that models with DCD were rated significantly lower on The Rating Scale of Social Competence compared to controls (t(39) = -7.99, p < .001, d = 1.27). These findings highlight the importance of motor ability in the perception of social competence and increase our understanding of how humans incorporate non-verbal information to evaluate the social competencies of others.

The Role of Adult Attachment in the Employee Voice Process

Employee “voice” may be influenced by Adult Attachment. An avoidant style may ignore problems, keep silent or low profile, with secure styles might be interested in the problem and try to find the ways to solve it, and attachment may also influence the type of voice behaviour (acquiescent, defensive and prosocial voice). Trust plays a role as higher levels of dyadic trust indicate certainty that others may behave in a pro-relationship manner in the future and they will be more inclined to engage in positive voice behaviours. The model is being tested in UK, Ireland, Sweden and Turkey work organisations.

Sex as a predictor of closeness: A longitudinal study with Iranian couples

Regular sexual intercourse has many benefits, like higher sexual and relationship satisfaction. Emotional intimacy promotes both, indicating the importance of sex and intimacy for relationships. However, little is known about these associations in non-Western samples. We hypothesized that more sex predicts increases of intimacy across weeks, testing this with a sample of 180 Iranian couples providing weekly reports on their relationship for 6 weeks. Results suggest in weeks with higher frequency of sexual intercourse, couples reported higher intimacy. Additionally, earlier sex predicted intimacy in later weeks. The findings solidify Western results suggesting the tight interconnection between sexuality and relationship functioning.

Family Sociodrama in Suicide Prevention: Considerations on a Protatonization Program and Reciprocity Promotion between the patient at risk of suicide and a caregiver member of the family

Interpersonal Relations Laboratory has developed a program for families in suicide crisis, implementing changes in the relational dynamics, through meetings between the subject in suicide ideation/attempt and one of his relatives. The program seeks promote differentiated recognition of the subjects involved, and achieving greater reciprocity in this relationship, and was evaluated based on data recorded in video, and by analysis of the critical scenes. This is a qualitative research in progress in partnership with the University Fernando Pessoa. The program, as implemented, has developed a good differentiated recognition in the participants, with an incipient increase of reciprocity in this relation.