- Published: October 2011
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Individual Differences in Peer Relationships. Edition No. 1
- Published: June 2009
- 116 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
This book summarizes a series of research projects investigating the effects of self-handicapping on an individual's daily life by looking at participants' peer relationship and social interactions, reactions of peers to self-handicapping behaviors, and self-presentation strategies. Self-handicapping, when disclosed to peers, was predicted by previous research to negatively affect social networks. The series of studies presented in this book illustrates that the effect of self-handicapping on peer relationships is not nearly as straightforward as previous research might suggest and not universally negative. Self-handicappers were found, in comparison to low self-handicappers to have more friends with whom less close relationships were maintained. Self-handicappers were also found to spend, compared with low self-handicappers, a greater amount of time engaged in social activities with others(particularly with males). Finally, self-handicapping as a behavior was displayed very differently depending upon the presence and gender of others and this change in display impacted the perception others formed regarding the behavior.
Bridgett Milner received her PhD in Psychology from Indiana University in 2007. She currently works as that Assistant Director of Enrollment Planning and Research at Indiana University Bloomington. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and son.