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Title: Negative emotional reactions to criticism: Perceived criticism and source affects extent of hurt and relational distancing
Authors: Neoh, Michelle Jin-Yee
Teng, Jia Hui
Lee, Albert
Setoh, Peipei
Mulatti, Claudio
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Neoh, M. J., Teng, J. H., Lee, A., Setoh, P., Mulatti, C. & Esposito, G. (2022). Negative emotional reactions to criticism: Perceived criticism and source affects extent of hurt and relational distancing. PLOS ONE, 17(8), e0271869-.
Journal: PLOS ONE 
Abstract: Criticism is commonly perceived as hurtful and individuals may respond differently to criticism originating from different sources. However, the influence of an individual's perception of criticism in their social relationships on negative emotional reactions to criticism has not been examined across different relational contexts. The present study investigated the influence of perceived criticism and relational contexts-mother, father, romantic partner, and workplace supervisor-on the feelings of hurt and relational distancing experienced upon receiving criticism. Participants (N = 178) completed the Perceived Criticism Measure and read vignettes describing scenarios of personally directed criticism in the four relational contexts. Significant main effects of perceived criticism and source were found on levels of relational distancing. Participants who perceived their relational partner to be more critical experienced greater distancing upon receiving criticism from them. Greater relational distancing was experienced for criticism received from workplace supervisors compared to mothers, fathers and romantic partners. Results indicate that emotional reactions and relationship outcomes in response to criticism can differ based on individual differences and relational context, suggesting their role in relationship maintenance and development of psychopathology.
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271869
DOI (Related Dataset): 10.21979/N9/R9AFNM
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Rights: © 2022 Neoh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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