- Much of the recent work in our lab investigates individual differences in the extent to which people define themselves in terms of close relationships (termed the relational self-construal; see Cross & Madson, 1997, for a theoretical integration of culture- and gender-related perspectives on the self).
- In one set of studies (Cross, Morris, & Gore, JPSP, 2002), two graduate students and I investigated several cognitive consequences of individual differences in relational self-construal.
- In another recent publication (Cross, Gore, & Morris, JPSP, 2003), we found that relational self-construal moderated the association between self-concept consistency and well-being.
- Current research with Jon Gore investigates motivational consequences of relational self-construal (Gore and Cross, JPSP, 2006). Individual differences in relational self-construal also influence how people think about and engage in close relationships. Several studies conducted in our lab have shown that highly relational persons interact with others in ways that support and enhance close relationships (Cross, Bacon & Morris, JPSP, 2000; Cross & Morris, PSPB, 2003; Gore, Cross, & Morris, PR, 2006).
- We are continuing to investigate the influence of relational self-construal on cognitive, emotional, motivational, and relationship processes.