Primary Research Areas
The influence of close relationships on self-regulation, well-being, health, health behaviors, and addictive behaviors; the influence of substance use on close relationship functioning and intimate partner aggression; daily diary and EMA research methods.
Partner Influence, Self-Control, and Smoking Cessation: A Study Using EMA (funded by NIDA). Examines how partners influence self-control and smoking outcomes in smokers trying to quit smoking. The study uses ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to follow both partners over 21 days while one partner makes a quit attempt. In collaboration with Co-Investigators Rebecca Houston, Kenneth Leonard, and Joseph Lucke, and Mark Muraven of the University of Albany.
Representative and Recent Publications
Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., Derrick, J. L., Harris, B., Griffin, D. W., & Pinkus, R. T. (in press). Cautious to a fault: Self-protection and the trajectory of marital satisfaction. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Derrick, J. L. (in press). Energized by television: Familiar fictional worlds restore self-control. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., & Homish, G. G. (in press). Dependence regulation in newlywed couples: A prospective examination. Personal Relationships.
Parks, K. A., Collins, R. L., & Derrick, J. L. (in press). The influence of marijuana and alcohol use on condom use behavior: Findings from a sample of young adult female bar drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
Testa, M., Kubiak, A., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Derrick, J. L., Levitt, A., Homish, G. G., & Leonard, K. E. (2012). Husband and wife alcohol use as independent or interactive predictors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 268-276.
Murray, S. L., Griffin, D. W., Derrick, J. L., Harris, B., Aloni, M., & Leder, S. (2011). Tempting fate or inviting happiness? Unrealistic idealization prevents the decline of marital satisfaction. Psychological Science, 22, 619-626.
Derrick, J. L., Leonard, K. E., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Testa, M., & Kubiak, A. (2010). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies in couples with concordant and discrepant drinking patterns. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 761-768.
Derrick, J. L., Gabriel, S., & Hugenberg, K. J. (2009). Social surrogacy: How favored television programs provide the experience of belonging. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 352-362.
Derrick, J. L., Gabriel, S., & Tippin, B. (2008). Parasocial relationships and self-discrepancies: Faux relationships have benefits for low self-esteem individuals. Personal Relationships, 15, 261-280.
Murray, S. L., Derrick, J. L., Leder, S., & Holmes, J. G. (2008). Balancing connectedness and self-protection goals in close relationships: A levels of processing perspective on risk regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 429-459.
Derrick, J. L. & Murray, S. L. (2007). Enhancing relationship perceptions by reducing felt inferiority: The role of attachment style. Personal Relationships, 14, 531-549.
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