Judgments of relationship satisfaction: Inter- and intraindividual comparisons as a function of questionnaire structure

Conducted 2 experiments involving 115 male college students to explore Ss' sexual behavior with their steady partners and their estimates of the behavior of a “typical” college student. Results demonstrate that individuals use an interindividual comparison strategy to evaluate a specific life domain, if their attention is drawn to only 1 aspect of that domain, that has either positive or negative evaluative implications. If their attention is drawn to 2 aspects with opposite implications, however, an intra-individual strategy, based on the comparison of both aspects, is preferred. Whether 1 or 2 aspects bearing on a specific domain are salient is, among other conditions, a function of the number of behavioral aspects assessed in a questionnaire. (French & German abstracts) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)