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Task Framing and Perceived Fit: The Role of Personality, Task Label, and Partner Involvement
Motivation and Emotion (2011)
  • Jonathan S. Gore, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Susan E. Cross, Iowa State University

Two experiments tested the hypothesis that individual differences in social connectedness moderate the association between task frame and perceptions of the task. In experiment 1, 75 participants completed an assessment of relational self-construal prior to engaging in an interview with a partner. Participants then received an explanation that the interview enhanced either relationship skills or occupational skills. Results indicated that high relationals perceived their partner more favorably when the task was framed as relational then when it was framed as occupational. In experiment 2, 185 participants completed self-construal and agreeableness assessments before completing an interview task with or without a partner. Participants then received relational or occupational explanations for the task. The results replicated the findings among high relationals, and also showed that agreeable individuals responded positively when they engaged in a relationally framed interview with a partner. Implications for person–environment fit theory are discussed. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-013-9344-7

  • Relational self-construal,
  • environment fit,
  • agreeableness
Publication Date
December, 2011
Citation Information
Jonathan S. Gore and Susan E. Cross. "Task Framing and Perceived Fit: The Role of Personality, Task Label, and Partner Involvement" Motivation and Emotion Vol. 35 Iss. 4 (2011)
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