Autonomy-Relatedness Compatibility Beliefs and Interdependence Dilemma Resolution

Sophie Wiltse, Serena Lamacchia ’20, André Bisimwa ’22, Kayla Binns ’21, Derrick Burnette ’22, Alejandro Fernandez y Mora ’22

Psychology Majors

Faculty Sponsor: Brian Patrick


We propose that interdependence dilemmas (relationship conflict scenarios) can be resolved in ways that preserve both autonomy and relatedness. Furthermore, we hypothesize that the beliefs about autonomy-relatedness compatibility will be predictive of resolving dilemmas for relationally autonomous reasons, in ways that promote psychological need satisfaction and positive emotion. The results largely supported the hypotheses, but suggested the need for further refinement of the interdependence dilemma resolution coding scheme.