Shanuki Jayamaha


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Shanuki Jayamaha is a PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland. Shanuki’s research program examines partner regulation, support provision and conflict in romantic relationships. Close relationships are central to people’s lives. Many intrapersonal characteristics, however, make it difficult for people to function well in interpersonal contexts. Shanuki’s primary research goals involve identifying dispositional characteristics that impede people’s ability to provide effective and responsive support to their romantic partners or communicate in ways that help to resolve conflict and produce needed improvements in relationships. Her work to date has focused on attachment insecurity, self-esteem and depressive symptoms, and shown how differences in these characteristics shape relationship and partner via support processes and conflict dynamics in couples’ interactions.

Shanuki uses multiple methods in her research including video-recorded behavioural observation, daily diaries and longitudinal designs to assess interpersonal processes as they naturally occur . These methods are complimented by complex innovative statistical techniques involving multi-level modelling.


Jayamaha, S. D., & Overall, N.C. (2018). The dyadic nature of self-evaluations: Self-esteem and efficacy shape and are shaped by support processes in relationships. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Jayamaha, S. D., Girme, Y. U., & Overall, N. C. (2017). When attachment anxiety impedes support provision: The role of feeling unvalued and unappreciated. Journal of Family Psychology31, 181-191.

Jayamaha, S. D., Antonellis, C., & Overall, N. C. (2016). Attachment Insecurity and Inducing Guilt to Produce Desired Change in Romantic Partners. Personal Relationships, 23, 311-338. doi:10.1111/pere.12128

Jayamaha, S. D., & Overall, N. C. (2015). Agents’ self-esteem moderates the effectiveness of negative-direct partner regulation strategies. Personal Relationships, 22, 738-761. doi:10.1111/pere.12108

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