The Impact of Causal Uncertainty on Dyadic Satisfaction Public Deposited

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  • One's ability to determine the cause and effect nature events is important for navigating within the social realm. However, the ability to determine these relationships is not always as clear. According to Weary and Edwards (1996) causal uncertainty (CU) is the result of an individual perceiving themselves as someone who may not be able to accurately determine the cause and effect nature of events. Research conducted by Boucher and Jacobson (2012) found that individuals with greater CU viewed their interactions with a stranger more negatively than those with low CU. The purpose of the present work was to determine if the negative perceptions also occurred in more established intimate relationships. To determine the impact of CU on intimate relationships 51 romantic dyads and 46 friendship dyads were brought into the laboratory. Participants were first separated from their partner and asked to fill out a battery of questionnaires. Individuals were then asked to perform a video-recorded problem solving task with their partner. Results demonstrated that CU was associated with more negative conflict coping strategies. Additionally, these negative conflict coping strategies mediated the relationship between CU and romantic relationship satisfaction. However, similar mediation models were not statistically significant for friendship dyads, which suggests that the impact of CU on romantic conflict situations may be more impactful. Further studies are still needed. Behavioral analyses demonstrated that individuals with greater CU were more likely to be concerned with accuracy during the problem solving task with their partner. Additionally, CU significantly predicted the use of a strategy to accurately complete the problem solving task. Furthermore, higher CU predicted that the probability of locating all five hidden objects within the game then finding zero. However, further studies are needed to verify these results.
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