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Adult DevelopmentCognitive Aspects of Thriving Close Relationships$
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Jan D. Sinnott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892815.001.0001

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Cognition and Fundamental Complex Relationship Skills

Cognition and Fundamental Complex Relationship Skills

Some Preliminary Quantitative and Qualitative Research

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Adult Development

Jan D. Sinnott

Oxford University Press

The purpose of our studies as a whole was to explore whether there is some degree of significant positive relationship between postformal thought and relationship quality and satisfaction. We found our hypothesis to be supported by paper-and-pencil test results. But while individuals might state on tests that they use complex thought in a relationship setting and have quality intimate relationships, how do they actually demonstrate these behaviors in a realistic life setting? Does behavior in real life demonstrate that individuals in relationships use complex thought in attaining satisfying relationships? The three studies described in this chapter provide a preliminary step in exploring these questions and provide the first descriptive and empirical evidence for the positive relationship between the ability to use complex reasoning problem-solving skills and relationship satisfaction.

Keywords:   quantitative research, qualitative research, problem-solving, satisfaction, relationship quality, intimate relationship

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