The dark side of self-monitoring: How high self-monitors view their romantic relationships

Courtney N. Wright*, Adrienne Holloway, Michael E. Roloff

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Individuals differ with regard to self-monitoring. Although self-monitoring is positively related to social skills, little research informs how it influences relational processes. Because self-monitoring gives rise to impression management, it may promote less intimate communication and lower relational quality. A survey of 97 (N = 97) undergraduate daters was conducted. Results revealed that self-monitoring was negatively related to intimate communication and relational quality. Intimate communication mediated the relationships between self-monitoring and relational quality. Thus, self-monitoring tendencies that enhance the quality of the communication skills of high self-monitors attenuate relational quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Intimate communication
  • Relational commitment
  • Relational satisfaction
  • Self-monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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