Age differences in perceived responsiveness in close relationships and Its links to psychological well-being
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Close relationships are accepted as an important predictor of well-being (Reis, 2012). Although these relationships continue their importance throughout the lifespan, changes within relationship dynamics are observed over time (Arnett, 2000). In this study, it is aimed to examine the relationships between perceived responsiveness and age; to test the relationships between perceived responsiveness and psychological well-being and to investigate the moderator role of age in this relationships. To this end, two different samples from Turkey were used. In the first sample, there were 1172 participants, aged between 20 and 82, and the second sample consisted of 842 participants, aged between 20 and 87. It was found that perceived partner and family responsiveness were associated with age. Results showed that the association between perceived family responsiveness and age was linear while the association between perceived partner responsiveness and age was quadratic. Additionally, a significant and positive association was found between all perceived responsiveness variables and psychological well-being, and these associations were found as stronger for young adults. Our findings contribute to the literature by demonstrating age-related changes in perceived responsiveness for the first time, also the relationship between perceived responsiveness and well-being for the first time in Turkey.