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Linda Acitelli

Linda Acitelli

Linda Acitelli's major research interests are cognition and communication in relationships, specifically thinking and talking about relationships and the factors that determine their impact on individual and relationship well-being. Her research on this topic was supported from 1991-1998 with funding from an NIMH grant. Her future goal is to continue such research within relationships among different ethnic groups. In 1995, the International Network on Personal Relationships awarded her the Gerald R. Miller award for her early career achievements.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Communication, Language
  • Gender Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Acitelli, L. K., & Antonucci, T. C. (1994). Gender differences in the link between marital support and satisfaction in older couples. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 67(4), 688-698.
  • Kenny, D. A., & Acitelli, L. K. (2001). Accuracy and bias in perceptions of the partner in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80(3).
  • Acitelli, L. K., Kenny, D. A., & Weiner, D. (2001). The importance of similarity and understanding of relationship partners’ beliefs about the ideal marriage. Personal Relationships, 8, 167-185.
  • Acitelli, L. K., Rogers, S., & Knee, C. R. (1999). The role of the identity in the link between relationship thinking and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 591-619.
  • Acitelli, L. K., Veroff, J., & Douvan, E. (1997). The changing influence of interpersonal perceptions on marital well-being among black and white couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 14, 291-304.
  • Acitelli, L. K. (1997). Sampling couples to understand them: Mixing the theoretical with the practical. Invited paper for Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 14, 243-261.
  • Kenny, D. A., & Acitelli, L. K. (1994). Measuring similarity in couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 8, 417-431.
  • Acitelli, L. K. (1992). Gender differences in relationship awareness and marital satisfaction among young married couples. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18(1), 102-110.

Other Publications:

  • Acitelli, L. K. (1993). You, me, and us: Perspectives on relationship awareness. In S. W. Duck (Ed.), Understanding Relationship Processes 1: Individuals and Relationships (pp. 144-174). London: Sage Publications.
  • Acitelli, L. K., & Young, A. M. (1996). Gender and thought in relationships. In G. Fletcher and J. Fitness (Eds.), Knowledge structures and interactions in close relationships: A social psychological approach. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Acitelli, L. K. (1999). Can we talk about us? Talking about the relationship. In D. O. Braithwaite & J. T. Wood (Eds.), Case studies in interpersonal communication: Process and problems. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.
  • Acitelli, L. K. (1996). The neglected links between marital support and marital satisfaction. In G. R. Pierce, B. R. Sarason, & I. G. Sarason, Handbook of Social Support and Family Relationships. New York: Plenum.

Courses Taught:

  • Personality Theory
  • Seminar in Social Cognition
  • Seminar in Theory and Research in Personal Relationships

Linda Acitelli
Department of Psychology
103 Heyne Building
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-5341
United States

  • Phone: (713) 743-8567
  • Fax: (713) 743-8588

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