The phenomenon of partner relationships in foreign psychological studies



The article is devoted to partner relationships, theoretical approaches to this phenomenon and main strands of its scientific research in foreign academic studies. Along with a theoretical observation, empirical study was conducted in order to find out possible relations between sources of problems in partner relationships and personality. Seven men and thirty-three women with such problems (N=30) took part in semi-structured interview, and the three following sources of problems were found: personal features of behavior, parents role models and external factors. The participants also filled in special questionnaires devoted to personality characteristics. The results showed that partners with high negative personality characteristics had problems with personal features of behavior in relationships. This result is consistent with previous studies and could be used for practical needs

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Keywords: partner relationships, personality characteristics, psychological problems, interpersonal communications

Journal rubric: Social Psychology


For citation: Fedorova T.A., Zelikson D.I. The phenomenon of partner relationships in foreign psychological studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2017. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 60–70. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2017060108. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatiana A. Fedorova, graduate of the faculty of counseling and clinical psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Denis I. Zelikson, graduate of the faculty of counseling and clinical psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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