Defining romantic self-sabotage: a thematic analysis of interviews with practising psychologists

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Peel, Raquel, Caltabiano, Nerina, Buckby, Beryl and McBain, Kerry. 2019. "Defining romantic self-sabotage: a thematic analysis of interviews with practising psychologists." Journal of Relationships Research. 10, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1017/jrr.2019.7
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Defining romantic self-sabotage: a thematic analysis of interviews with practising psychologists

ERA Journal ID125300
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPeel, Raquel (Author), Caltabiano, Nerina (Author), Buckby, Beryl (Author) and McBain, Kerry (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Relationships Research
Journal Citation10, pp. 1-9
Article Numbere16
Number of Pages9
Year2019
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1838-0956
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/jrr.2019.7
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-relationships-research/article/defining-romantic-selfsabotage-a-thematic-analysis-of-interviews-with-practising-psychologists/35531B41927851905281C7D815FE4199
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The term ‘self-sabotage’ is not well defined in the current literature. Self-sabotage is generally explained as a synonym of self-handicapping, which does not fully encompass intrinsic behaviours found in romantic relationships. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the theme of self-sabotage as viewed by practising psychologists. A series of 15 semistructured interviews with psychologists specialising in romantic relationships around Australia identified the main issues contributing to self-sabotage in romantic relationships and the reason why it might happen. Future studies will need to be conducted to develop a scale to empirically test self-sabotage in romantic relationships.

Keywordsself-sabotage, self-handicapping, romantic relationships, thematic analysis
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
James Cook University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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