Shanuki Jayamaha

Shanuki Jayamaha’s research program examines how the personal characteristics people bring into relationships affect the way close relationships function, such as the different ways people respond when they need to support their partners, resolve conflict, or improve relationships. Although close relationships are central to people’s lives, many personal characteristics 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 close others or impede communicating 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 her research has shown how differences in these characteristics have important outcomes for people, their partners and their relationships via support processes and conflict dynamics in close relationship interactions.

Shanuki uses multiple methods in her research including behavioural observation, daily diaries and longitudinal designs to assess interpersonal processes as they naturally occur during couples’ interactions, daily lives and across time. These methods are complemented by complex innovative statistical techniques involving multi-level modelling.


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Journal Articles with REACH members

Jayamaha, S.D., Overall, N.C., Girme, Y.U., Hammond, M.D., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (online advance). Depressive symptoms, stress and poorer emotional support when needed by intimate partners.

Cross, E.J., Overall, N.C., Jayamaha, S.D., & Sibley, C.G. (2021). Does low self-esteem predict lower wellbeing following relationship dissolution? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 2184-2204.

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

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.

Jayamaha, S.D., & Overall, N.C. (2015). Agents’ self-esteem moderates the effectiveness of negative-direct partner regulation strategies. Personal Relationships, 22,