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Trust between couples is a prerequisite for stable and satisfactory romantic relationships. However, there has been no valid research tool to assess partner-specific trust behavior including costly investments in the trustworthiness of the romantic partner. We here present a comprehensive validation of the newly developed Trust Game for Couples (TGC) by means of various self-report and implicit relationship-related measures. The TGC operationalizes trust by measuring an individual’s willingness to invest his or her own financial resources in pro-relationship attitudes of their romantic partner (collected by dichotomous responses to relationship-relevant items, e.g., answering yes to “I am absolutely sure that I love my partner”). This 1 Hour CE course will explore how the TGC provides a novel, specific behavioral tool for a sensitive assessment of trust in dyadic relationships with potential for numerous research fields.
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The Trust Game for Couples (TGC): A new standardized
paradigm to assess trust in romantic relationships
Kleinert, T., Schiller, B., Fischbacher, U., Grigutsch, L. A., Koranyi, N., Rothermund,
K., & Heinrichs, M. (2020). The Trust Game for Couples (TGC): A new
standardized paradigm to assess trust in romantic relationships. PloS
one, 15(3), e0230776. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230776
This article was used under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses.
- Review the constructs of trust in romantic relationships.
- Examine the need for measuring trust behavior between romantic partners.
- Assess the validity of the Trust Game for Couple’s
- Explore the utilization of the Trust Game for Couple’s in assessing trust in intimate relationships.