Creator: Zygar-Hoffmann, Caroline; Hagemeyer, Birk; Pusch, Sebastian; Schönbrodt, Felix D.
Contributor: Zygar-Hoffmann, Caroline; Hagemeyer, Birk; Pusch, Sebastian; Schönbrodt, Felix D.
Funding: German Research Foundation, grant number SCHO1334/5-1 and HA 6884/2-1
Title: A large longitudinal study on motivation, behavior and satisfaction in couples: Research data from a four-week experience sampling study with a pre-, post-, and one-year follow-up assessment.
Year of Publication: 2020
Citation: Zygar-Hoffmann, C., Hagemeyer, B., Pusch, S., & Schönbrodt, F.D. (2020). A large longitudinal study on motivation, behavior and satisfaction in couples: Research data from a four-week experience sampling study with a pre-, post-, and one-year follow-up assessment. [Translated Title] (Version 2.0.0) [Data and Documentation]. Trier: Center for Research Data in Psychology: PsychData of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology ZPID. https://doi.org/10.5160/psychdata.zrce18mo99_v20000
576 individuals from 293 heterosexual couples completed an online preliminary questionnaire on dispositional implicit and explicit motives, global relationship satisfaction, personality, satisfaction with life, self-reflection and decision-making in intimate relationships. 510 of these individuals took part in an experience sampling study spanning four weeks, answering questions about their momentary motivation, affect, state relationship satisfaction, behaviors and experiences in their relationship five times a day. Afterwards, 508 individuals provided feedback, assessed again their global relationship satisfaction and the relationship satisfaction during the last four weeks . A year later, 390 of these individuals reported on their current relationship status, last year’s events, conflicts, their idiosyncratic behavioral implementations of agency and communion, and completed questionnaires on implicit and explicit motivational dispositions, life satisfaction and depending on their relationship status on global relationship satisfaction, or loneliness, and narcissism. The study was conducted to examine motivational dynamics in couples and its relevance for relationship satisfaction. Datasets of the preliminary questionnaire, the ESM-Study in long and wide format, the post questionnaire and the one-year follow-up as well as the corresponding codebooks are provided.
The following additional material can be found at https://osf.io/psqx8/:
– the “original” codebooks, including for example connecting passages between question texts or general instructions,
– R scripts documenting the preprocessing of the data,
– R scripts for further processing of the data,
– a file pointing to inconsistencies in the data,
– a link to the preregistration of hypotheses on the data.
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Research Questions/Hypotheses: Information about the preregistered hypotheses can be found at https://osf.io/psqx8/
Research Design: Mixed survey instrument (combination of hardly, partially and fully standardized parts); repeated measurements
The following standardized instruments were used:
1: Partner-Related Agency and Communion Test (PACT),
2: The ABC of Social Desires. 3: Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI),
4: Positive – Negative Relationship Quality (PN-RQ) Scale (own translation to German),
5: Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS),
6: Revised Blood & Wolfe (1960) scale for decision-making intimate relationships (own translation to German),
7: The Unified Motive Scales,
9: Self-reflection and insight scale (own translation to German),
10: Adapted Affect Grid (own translation to German),
11: UCLA Loneliness Scale,
12: Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ),
13: Experiences in Close Relationships Scale Revised,
14: Adapted IOS-Scale.
Data Collection Method:
Collection without the presence of the investigator
– other: Experience-Sampling with Smartphone (ESM)
Population: Persons in a partnership (German-speaking, heterosexual, predominantly childless)
Survey Time Period:
Experience Sampling for four weeks five times a day, four weeks between pre and post questionnaire, approx. one year between post questionnaire and follow-up
Sample: Convenience sample
51% female subjects
49% male subjects
Age Distribution: 18-68 years
Spatial Coverage (Country/Region/City):
Subject Recruitment: Recruition: Announcements, newsletter of the university, facebook-groups, homepage, flyer at couple therapists, personal contacts
Motivation: Up to 170 Euro per couple or course credits and for follow-up 10 Euro per person and a raffle of vouchers at a total value of 1000 Euro
Sample Size: 576 individuals
Return/DropOut: Mean comliance of ESM was 88%.