Cherish the good times: Relational savoring in parents of infants and toddlers

Margaret L. Burkhart, Jessica L. Borelli, Hannah F. Rasmussen, David A. Sbarra

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Savoring, or prolonging emotions associated with positive events, improves emotion and life satisfaction; little work, however, focuses on the savoring of interpersonal experiences, termed relational savoring. In a sample of 435 parents, the authors evaluated the impact of relational savoring on emotion and parent-child relationship satisfaction compared to a personal savoring and neutral control condition. Two years later, the authors reassessed parents' feelings of closeness with their children in a subsample of the original participants (n = 64). Both savoring conditions resulted in higher positive emotion for all parents, whereas the effects on negative emotion, relationship satisfaction, and closeness were only present for those higher in attachment avoidance. This study opens new avenues of investigation in both relational savoring and parent-child relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-711
Number of pages20
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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