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Succesfully together or autonomously apart; the coherence between 'succes' in partner-relations and the level of autonomy

FROM THE EDUCATIONGerrits Jans, Marcel - 41–3 (2003)

SUMMARY

The assumption in this article is that there exists an inversed u-curved relationship between a person's level of autonomy and the level of "success" in partner-relationships. Individuals that posses either relatively low or high levels of personal autonomy have lower chances of forming successful partner-relationships than those with an intermediate level of autonomy.
This assumption will be theoretically substantiated but not empirically validated. Implications for the improvement of relationships of low and high-autonomics will be discussed, as well as the way in which therapy can be useful to help achieving this improvement.

KEYWORDS

autonomy, partner relations