The Effects of Sacrifice Types and Motives on Romantic Relationship Quality

  • Brent A. Mattingly


Research has shown that willingness to sacrifice is positively associated with relationship satisfaction and commitment. However, few studies have investigated whether type of sacrifice (active vs. passive) or motives for sacrifice (approach vs. avoidance) impact relational variables. In the current study, type of and motives for sacrifice were experimentally primed and satisfaction, quality of alternatives, investment size, and commitment were measured. Results indicated that active (but not passive) sacrifice led individuals to perceive their quality of alternatives as more attractive. Motives for sacrificing were unrelated to relationship perceptions. Additionally, type of sacrifice and motives for sacrificing show no interactive effects. 


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