Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Michael Christopher, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Paul Michael, Ph.D.


Entitlement, the sense of deserving more than others, has been shown to be associated with several negative interpersonal outcomes. In this dissertation, the impact of entitlement on romantic relationship satisfaction was investigated. On the other hand, psychological literature suggests humility may benefit interpersonal relationships. The impact of humility on relationship satisfaction was also examined in this dissertation. A sample of 158 individuals in monogamous romantic relationships of at least one year completed self-report measures of trait entitlement, relational entitlement, humility, relationship satisfaction, positive affect maintenance skills, and negative affect reduction skills. As expected, trait entitlement and relational entitlement were both significant negative predictors of relationship satisfaction. Also as expected, humility was a significant positive predictor of relational satisfaction. Additionally, results showed trait entitlement significantly moderated the relationship between negative affect reduction and relational satisfaction, such that participants with low levels of trait entitlement showed a stronger relationship between negative affect reduction and relationship satisfaction than participants who scored high on entitlement.


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