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Citation article

Title:
The occurence and correlates of emotional interdependence in romantic relationships
Authors:
Sels, L., Cabrieto, J., Butler, E., Reis, H., Ceulemans, E., Kuppens, P.
Year of publication:
2020
Journal name:
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume number:
119
Issue number:
1
Page numbers:
136-158
DOI:
10.1037/pspi0000212

Measure details

Baseline session:
Yes
Followup session:
No
Study design:
Background questionnaires before coming to the lab. Couples then had the lab session, and subsequently completed ESM portion of the study.
ESM measurement waves:
1
Ethics granting body:
---
Ethics protocol number:
Unknown.

Study details

Location:
Belgium
Background information:
Before completing the ESM portion of the study, couples came into the lab and discussed each partner’s most annoying characteristic for 10 minutes, and provided their momentary affect during the interaction.
Language:
Dutch
Setting:
---
Collection platform:
mobileQ
Days of ESM data collection:
7
Number of ESM measures per day:
6 (weekdays) 14 (weekends)
Sampling schedule:
stratified random interval
ESM schedule start time:
17:00 (weekdays) 10:00 (weekends)
ESM schedule end time:
22:00 (weekdays) 22:00 (weekends)
ESM schedule duration:
5 (weekdays) 12 (weekends)

Sample details

Type of sample:
---
Recruitment information:
Participants were recruited through social media, and flyers and posters that were distributed in public places.
Incentives:
Couples that had completed all parts of the study received 100 euros as compensation.
Exclusions:
Unknown (said 'some data were missing due to practical and technical issues'. Not sure if this had to do with withdrawals.)

Contact info

Contact:
Laura Sels
Contact email:
laura.sels@ugent.be
Selection Variable Info Constructs
DATE_LAB Start date of the in-lab session
TIME_LAB Start time of the in-lab sesssion
GENDER Gender DEMOGRAPHICS GENDER
AGE Age (in years) AGE DEMOGRAPHICS
NAT Nationality DEMOGRAPHICS NATIONALITY
COUPLE_ID ID for couples
BEEP Beep number
ID Participant ID
ANG How angry do you feel at the moment? AFFECT ANGER NEGATIVE_AFFECT
SAD How sad do you feel at the moment? AFFECT NEGATIVE_AFFECT SADNESS
ANX How anxious do you feel at the moment? AFFECT ANXIETY NEGATIVE_AFFECT
RLX How relaxed do you feel at the moment? AFFECT POSITIVE_AFFECT RELAXATION
HAP How happy do you feel at the moment? AFFECT HAPPINESS POSITIVE_AFFECT
LONE How lonely do you feel at the moment? AFFECT LONELINESS NEGATIVE_AFFECT
EDUC Highest education level DEMOGRAPHICS EDUCATION
REL_DURAT How long have you been with your partner? DEMOGRAPHICS RELATIONSHIP
REL_BREAK Were there breaks in your relationship? DEMOGRAPHICS RELATIONSHIP
KIDS do they have children DEMOGRAPHICS FAMILY
AFFGRID Indicate how you currently feel yourself. This grid serves to describe your feeling on two dimensions, namely activity and pleasantness. The center of the grid represents a neutral, average, everyday feel. The horizontal dimension of the grid reflects unpleasant vs. pleasant feelings. The further to the left, the more uncomfortable you feel. The vertical dimension of the grid reflects the degree of activation. Activation has to do with how awake, alert, or activated you feel. The top half is for feelings with more activation than average. The lower, the more passive and sleepier. The other labels on the grid are examples, for example depressed is a feeling that scores both low on activation and high on negativity. AFFECT AROUSAL VALENCE
CONTACT_1 Have you been in contact with your partner since the last beep? No RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
CONTACT_2 Have you been in contact with your partner since the last beep? Yes, we texted/chatted
CONTACT_3 Have you been in contact with your partner since the last beep? Yes, we spoke on the phone RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
CONTACT_4 Have you been in contact with your partner since the last beep? Yes, we saw each other RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
AFFGRID_PARTNER Indicate how you think your partner feels at the moment AFFECT AROUSAL EXPRESSION RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL VALENCE
CONTACT_NOW_Y Are you currently with your partner? Yes RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
CONTACT_NOW_N Are you currently with your partner? No RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
PPR To what extent do you feel understood and appreciated by your partner? RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
EPR To what extent did you try to understand your partner and make them feel appreciated? RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
EXP_1 Have you expressed your emotions to your partner since the last beep? Yes AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_2 Have you expressed your emotions to your partner since the last beep? No AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_3 Have you expressed your emotions to your partner since the last beep? I supressed them AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_PARTNER_1 Has your partner expressed his/her emotions to you since the last beep? Yes AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_PARTNER_2 Has your partner expressed his/her emotions to you since the last beep? No AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_PARTNER_3 Has your partner expressed his/her emotions to you since the last beep? I do not know AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
EXP_PARTNER_4 Has your partner expressed his/her emotions to you since the last beep? He/she suppressed them AFFECT EXPRESSION EXPRESSIVE_SUPPRESSION RELATIONSHIP
RUM_REL Have you been worrying about your relationship since the last beep? RELATIONSHIP RUMINATION
POS_REL Have you had positive thoughts about your relationship since the beep? POSITIVE_AFFECT RELATIONSHIP THOUGHT_CONTENT
CONFLICT_1 Have you had a conflict wiht your partner since the last beep? Yes NEGATIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
CONFLICT_2 Have you had a conflict wiht your partner since the last beep? No NEGATIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
POSEV_PARTNER_1 Have you had a positive event since with your partner since the last beep? Yes POSITIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
POSEV_PARTNER_2 Have you had a positive event since with your partner since the last beep? No POSITIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP SOCIAL
PARTNER_NEGLECT Do you feel indifferent or uninterested in your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PERC_NEGLECT My partner seems indifferent to me RELATIONSHIP
PERC_THREAT My partners seems annoyed at me RELATIONSHIP
PARTNER_DESIRE To what extent do you currently feel like having sex with your partner? RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
PARTNER_THREAT Do you feel annoyed by your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PARTNER_EXPECT Do you feel like your partner shouldn't make you feel sad or anxious? RELATIONSHIP
TIME Time of the ESM Beep
KIDS_NUM if children, how many DEMOGRAPHICS FAMILY
REL What is your marital status? DEMOGRAPHICS RELATIONSHIP
REL_HOURS How many hours do you see your partner on average per day? DEMOGRAPHICS RELATIONSHIP
REL_EVENTS Do you feel that recent positive or negative events are currently playing a role in your relationship? DEMOGRAPHICS EVENT NEGATIVE_EVENT POSITIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP
REL_EVENTS_LIST Please indicate what these recent positive or negative events that have impacted your relationship are DEMOGRAPHICS EVENT NEGATIVE_EVENT POSITIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP
REL_EVENTS_IMPACT To what extent do you think these events still affect your relationship? DEMOGRAPHICS EVENT NEGATIVE_EVENT POSITIVE_EVENT RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_1 How satisfied are you with your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_2 How content are you with your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_3 How happy are you with your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_4 How committed are you to your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_5 How dedicated are you to your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_6 How devoted are you to your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_7 How intimate is your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_8 How close is your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_9 How connected are you to your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_10 How much do you trust your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_11 How much can you count on yoru partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_12 How dependendable is your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_13 How passionate is your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_14 How lustful is your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_15 How sexually intense is your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_16 How much do you love your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_17 How much do you adore your partner? RELATIONSHIP
PRQCI_18 How much do you cherish your partner? RELATIONSHIP
KMS_1 How satisfied are you with your relationship? RELATIONSHIP
KMS_2 How satisfied are you with your partner as a life companion? RELATIONSHIP
KMS_3 How satisfied are you with your relationship with your partner? RELATIONSHIP
REL_INTER Indicate which image best describes your current relationship with your romantic partner RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_1 I want our relationship to last for a very long time RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_2 I am committed to maintaining my relationship with my partner RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_3 I would not feel very upset if our relationship were to end in the near future RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_4 It is likely that I will date someone other than my partner within the next year RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_5 I feel very attached to our relationship - very strongly linked to my partner RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_6 I want our relationship to last forever RELATIONSHIP
IMS_COMM_7 I am oriented toward the long-term future of my relationship (of example, I imagine being with my partner several years from now) RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_NA_1 Confronting your partner when he/she has broken a promise RELATIONSHIP
ICF_SF_NA_2 Telling your partner that he/she has done something to hurt your feelings RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_NA_3 Telling your partner that he/she has done something that made you angry RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_ES_1 Helping your partner get to the heart fo the problem he/she is experiencing RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_ES_2 Being able to say and do things to support your partner when he/she is feeling down RELATIONSHIP
TMMS_19 I feel at ease about my emotions EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
ICQ_SF_ES_3 When your partner needs help and support, being able to give advice in ways that are well received RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_D_1 Confiding in your partner and letting him/her see your softer, more sensitive side RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_D_2 Letting a new companion get ot know the "real" you RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_D_3 Letting down your protective "outer shell" and trusting a close companion RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_CM_1 Being able to admit that you might be wrong when a disagreement with your partner begins to build into a serious fight RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_CM_2 Being able to take your partner's perspective in a fight and really understand his or her point of view RELATIONSHIP
ICQ_SF_CM_3 Not exploding at your partner (even when it's justified) in order to avoid a damaging conflict RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_1 It helps to turn to my romantic partner in times of need. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_2 I need a lot of reassurance that I am loved by my partner. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_3 I want to get close to my partner, but I keep pulling back. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_4 I find that my partner doesn't want to get as close as I would like. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_5 I turn to my partner for many things, including comfort and reassurance ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_6 My desire to be very close sometimes scares people away. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_7 I try to avoid getting too close to my partner. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_8 I don't worry about being abandoned. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_9 I usually discuss my problems and concerns with my partner. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_10 I get frustrated if my romantic partner is not available when I need them. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_11 I am nervous when my partner gets too close to me. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
ECR_SF_12 I worry that a romantic partner won't care about me as much as I care about them. ATTACHMENT RELATIONSHIP
CESD_1 I was bothered by things that don’t usually bother me DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_2 I did not feel like eating; my appetite was poor DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_3 I felt that I could not shake off the blues even with the help of my family and friends DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_4 I felt that I was just as good as other people DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_5 I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_6 I felt depressed DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_7 I felt everything I did was an effort DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_8 I felt hopeful about the future DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_9 I thought my life had been a failure DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_10 I felt fearful DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_11 My sleep was restless DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_12 I was happy DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_13 I talked less than usual DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_14 I felt lonely DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_15 People were unfriendly DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_16 I enjoyed life DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_17 I had crying spells DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_18 I felt sad DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_19 I felt that people disliked me DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
CESD_20 I could not get “going” DEPRESSION PSYCHOPATHOLOGY SYMPTOMS
IRI_EC_1 I often have tender, concerned feelings for my partner when he/she is less fortunate than me EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_2 Sometimes I don't feel very sorry for my partner when he/she has problems EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_3 When I see my partner being taken advantage of, I feel protective towards him/her EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_4 My partner's misfortunes don't usually disturb me a great deal EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_5 When I see my partner being treated unfairly, I sometimes don't feel very much pity for him/her EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_6 I am often quite touched by things that I see happening in my relationship EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_EC_7 In my relationship with my partner, I would describe myself as a pretty soft-hearted person. EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_2 If I have a disagreement with my partner, I try to look at their perspective before making a decision EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_3 I sometimes try to understand my partner better by imagining how things look from his / her perspective EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_4 If I'm sure I'm right about something, I don't waste much time listening to my partner's arguments EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_5 In my relationship, I believe there are two sides to every story, and I try to look at both EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_6 When I'm upset by my partner, I usually try to "put myself in their shoes" for a while EMPATHY SOCIAL
IRI_PT_7 Before criticizing my partner, I try to imagine how I would feel if I were in his/her place. EMPATHY SOCIAL
SWL_1 In most ways my life is close to ideal LIFE_SATISFACTION WELL_BEING
SWL_2 The conditions of my life are excellent LIFE_SATISFACTION WELL_BEING
SWL_3 I am satisfied with my life LIFE_SATISFACTION WELL_BEING
SWL_4 So far I have gotten the important things I want in life LIFE_SATISFACTION WELL_BEING
SWL_5 If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing LIFE_SATISFACTION WELL_BEING
DCI_7 My partner blames me for not coping well enough with stress. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_10 My partner does not take my stress seriously. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_11 My partner supports me, but does so unwillingly and without much enthusiasm COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_15 When I am stressed, my partner tends to withdraw. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_22 I blame my partner for not coping well enough with stress. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_25 I do not take my partner’s stress seriously. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_26 When my partner is stressed I tend to withdraw. COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
DCI_27 I provide support, but do so unwillingly and without enthusiasm because I think he / she should cope with his / her problems on his / her own COPING RELATIONSHIP STRESS
RS_1_A You ask your parents or another family member for a loan to help you through a difficult financial time: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not your family would want to help you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_1_B You ask your parents or another family member for a loan to help you through a difficult financial time: I would expect that they would agree to help as much as they can. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_2_A You approach a close friend to talk after doing or saying something that seriously upset him/her: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not your friend would want to talk with you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_2_B You approach a close friend to talk after doing or saying something that seriously upset him/her: I would expect that he/she would want to talk with me to try to work things out. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_3_A You bring up the issue of sexual protection with your significant other and tell him/her how important you think it is: How concerned or anxious would you be over his/her reaction? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_3_B You bring up the issue of sexual protection with your significant other and tell him/her how important you think it is: I would expect that he/she would be willing to discuss our possible options without getting defensive. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_4_A You ask your supervisor for help with a problem you have been having at work: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not the person would want to help you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_4_B You ask your supervisor for help with a problem you have been having at work: I would expect that he/she would want to try to help me out. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_5_A After a bitter argument, you call or approach your significant other because you want to make up: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not your significant other would want to make up with you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_5_B After a bitter argument, you call or approach your significant other because you want to make up: I would expect that he/she would be at least as eager to make up as I would be. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_6_A You ask your parents or other family members to come to an occasion important to you: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not they would want to come? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_6_B You ask your parents or other family members to come to an occasion important to you: I would expect that they would want to come. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_7_A At a party, you notice someone on the other side of the room that you'd like to get to know, and you approach him or her to try to start a conversation: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not the person would want to talk with you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_7_B At a party, you notice someone on the other side of the room that you'd like to get to know, and you approach him or her to try to start a conversation: I would expect that he/she would want to talk with me. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_8_A Lately you've been noticing some distance between yourself and your significant other, and you ask him/her if there is something wrong: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not he/she still loves you and wants to be with you? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_8_B Lately you've been noticing some distance between yourself and your significant other, and you ask him/her if there is something wrong: I would expect that he/she will show sincere love and commitment to our relationship no matter what else may be going on. REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_9_A You call a friend when there is something on your mind that you feel you really need to talk about: How concerned or anxious would you be over whether or not your friend would want to listen? REJECTION SOCIAL
RS_9_B You call a friend when there is something on your mind that you feel you really need to talk about: I would expect that he/she would listen and support me. REJECTION SOCIAL
TMMS_5 Sometimes I can't tell what my feelings are EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_6 I am rarely confused about how I feel EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_11 I can never tell how I feel EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_13 My beliefs and opnions always seem to change depending on how I feel EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_14 I am often aware of my feelings on a matter EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_15 I am usually confused about how I feel EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_21 I can't make sense out of my feelings EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_25 I am usually very clear about my feelings EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_28 I usually know my feelings about a matter EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
TMMS_30 I almost always know exactly how I am feeling EMOTION_INTELLIGENCE
EES_7 I display my emotions to other people EXPRESSION
EES_5 I keep my feelings to myself EXPRESSION
EES_15 I think of myself as emotionally expressive EXPRESSION
MMQ_SS_5 How satisfied are you with how often the two of you hug, kiss, and touch each other? RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
MMQ_SS_1 How often have you had sexual intercourse in the last month? RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
MMQ_SS_2 Are you satisfied with the present frequency of sexual intercourse? RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
MMQ_SS_4 How often do you reach a climax/orgasm during sex with your partner? (if you never have sexual intercourse, mark 8) RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
MMQ_SS_3 Do you find sex with your partner enjoyable? RELATIONSHIP SEXUAL
AFFDIAL_NEG While watching a video of an in-lab conflict interaction with their partner: Indicate how you felt by moving from left (negative) to right (positive) with the joystick. AFFECT POSITIVE_EVENT VALENCE
AFFDIAL_POS While watching an in-lab video of a positive interaction with their partner: Indicate how you felt by moving from left (negative) to right (positive) with the joystick.

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