Sports and Relationships: The Influence of Game Outcome on Romantic Relationships
Journal of Psychology
This study investigated the effects of game outcome (i.e. victory or loss) on romantic relationships. Seventy-seven college students completed a Post-Game Mood Scale in the contexts of a victory and a loss to assess perceived effects of game outcome on their partners' moods and their interactions with their partners. Results suggest that game outcome affects romantic relationships. Participants reported that their partners demonstrated higher levels of negative affect and irritability, and less positive affect after losses compared to wins. Participants also reported less enjoyment interacting with their partners. Despite these effects, the data suggest that behaviors are less likely to be affected by outcome than mood changes.
End, C.M., Worthman, S., Foster, N.J., & Vandemark, A.P. (2009). Sport and relationships: The influence of game outcome on romantic relationships. North American Journal of Psychology, 11(1), 37-48.
End, Christian M.; Worthman, S.; and Foster, N. J., "Sports and Relationships: The Influence of Game Outcome on Romantic Relationships" (2009). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 166.