Relationship expectations of romantic partners and friends
This study examines the chronic accessibility of behavior expectations for romantic partners, same-sex friends, and cross-sex friends. Four behavior expectation categories were examined. Based on a college student sample (N=72), category consistent responses (yes responses reflecting the behavior expectations of physical intimacy, social companionship, emotional closeness, and relationship positivity) were not more accessible for romantic partners compared to same-sex friendships. Lastly, it was found that in cross-sex friendships, the expectation of physical intimacy was more accessible for single individuals compared to those currently involved in romantic relationships. This study provides further insight into the way individuals use expectations about friendships depending on current romantic relationship status.