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significant other

 
a person who plays an important role in the life of an individual, such as a member of the immediate family, a lover, a close friend, or a role model.

significant other

[signif′ikənt]
a person who is considered by an individual as being special and as having an effect on that individual.

significant other

Most significant other, see there.

significant other

A person with whom a patient has a close relationship, which may or may not include relatives or a spouse.
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Beliefs about unsportspersonlike play--self-beliefs and perceived beliefs of significant others.
To measure the work values of the self and significant others, a questionnaire for work values, developed by Hirschi (2010), was used.
Five main themes emerged from the interviews with significant others: 1) significant other roles, 2) factors influencing the decision-making process, 3) factors influencing modality decision implementation, 4) additional environ-mental factors to consider, and 5) supportive interventions (Table 2).
The perceived benefits and challenges to involving family members and significant others in a healthy lifestyle intervention are presented in Table 1, and we elaborate on them below.
People identified as being in the contemplation stage were more likely to report that their significant others would react positively towards their dietary change than were people in the precontemplation stage.
Nash, and their colleagues recruited participants through Yahoo and MSN forums for significant others of military service members.
military along with their significant others will travel to the island to complete the final step in the process of obtaining their scuba diving certifications.
Menopause Illustrated is a brief, lighthearted and witty DVD and accompanying booklet created especially to for men in need of advice to help their wives or significant others through the devastating change that is menopause.
I can only dream that the fact that we are willing to lay down our lives--but deny ourselves the chance to ever have an open loving relationship, or bring our significant others to our promotion ceremonies and events--will earn a second look.
Practicing and academic social workers, nurses, and educators explore the implications of the Every Child Matters agenda, promoted by the British government as an approach towards children, their families, and significant others.
Few studies have examined the relationship between social support received from the health care organization, family, friends, significant others and nurses' intent to turnover.
The authors draw from fantasy and role play centering on a beloved children's book, puppets and real situations children encounter to help them move beyond constricted worldviews steeped in safety concerns, and test healthier ways of thinking, feeling and interacting with parents and significant others.

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