Relationship status and its effect on interpersonal relationships, self-identity and life satisfaction

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Loughlin, Aisling
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The research study aimed to assess relationship status and the effects it had on interpersonal relationships, self-identity and life-satisfaction. A between-subjects cross-sectional correlational design was utilised. Four questionnaires were used: Interpersonal relationships was measured with the Relationship Scale Questionnaire (RSQ); self-identity was measure using the Aspects of Identity Questionnaire (AIQ) and Life-Satisfaction was measured with The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS). 208 participants were recruited via online survey and the workplace. The results from the analysis of data revealed significant differences within the interpersonal relationship subscale. Single individuals were more fearful and preoccupied than individuals in a romantic relationship. There was a significant difference within the self-identity subscale, it resulted that single individuals have higher self-identity compared to romantically involved individuals. There was no significant difference in life-satisfaction scores depending on one‟s relationship status. Author keywords: Interpersonal relationships, self identity, life satisfaction, romantic relationships, single individuals, love, society, friends, family