Emre Selçuk, a Faculty Member at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), was found eligible to receive support under the TÜBİTAK Career Development Program (3501).
Emre Selcuk's project which was found eligible for support under the TÜBİTAK 3501 Career Development Program is titled “Towards Increasing The Potential of Applying Relationship Science through Basic Research: Examining Interpersonal Differences in Support Processes and Their Consequences for Relationship Well-being”.
Emre Selçuk's research program focuses on understanding how we establish and maintain social relationships in general and how these relationships impact our health and well-being. The findings of both Emre Selçuk and colleagues and research groups in different parts of the world reveal that the quality of our social relationships is one of the most important factors affecting our physical health and psychological well-being. Therefore, helping people establish and maintain happy and supportive social relationships is one of the important goals of researchers.
This project of Emre Selçuk, which will be supported by TÜBİTAK, will investigate this issue in the context of romantic relations. How partners support each other in difficult times affects both how happy they are in their relationship and how they perceive each other. Although the importance of supporting each other in difficult times is known, and we are usually willing to support those we love, it is not always so easy. This is because people's support needs when dealing with challenges can be very different. Therefore, people’s understanding of what their partner needs in which situation develops over time. Emre Selçuk and colleagues predict that increasing the support harmony between partners over time will increase happiness in the relationship. These ideas will be tested in their study, where they will follow new couples for a year. The researchers hope that the results of this project will contribute to the development of implementation programs aimed at helping couples strengthen their relationships.