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A response surface analysis investigation of the effects of (mis)alignment between interpersonal values and efficacies on interpersonal problems

Kehl, Madeline (2019) A response surface analysis investigation of the effects of (mis)alignment between interpersonal values and efficacies on interpersonal problems. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper used response surface analysis (RSA) to examine the relationship between various alignments and misalignments in interpersonal values and efficacies and interpersonal problems. Based on previous research and theory, we expected discrepancies between these personality levels to be associated with interpersonal problems, as internal conflict has generally been linked to distress. In addition, as interpersonal values can be taken to represent participants’ ideal interpersonal states, and interpersonal efficacies, participants’ perceived achievable interpersonal states, a mismatch between them may be associated with negative outcomes as they parallel the concept of a goal and perceived ability to reach the goal.We found that in general, misalignment was associated with increased interpersonal problems. More specifically we found that within an interpersonal dimension (such as warmth) having an efficacies greater than values mismatch was associated problems with the low pole of that dimension (in this case, coldness). These results anchor the maladaptivity of internal conflict into a broader personality theory.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kehl, Madelinemad.kehl@gmail.commfk25
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorWright,
Date: 12 December 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 November 2019
Approval Date: 12 December 2019
Submission Date: 5 December 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: personality, RSA, response surface analysis, interpersonal values, interpersonal efficacies, personality alignment
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 18:05
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 18:05


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