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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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To avoid influencing the third-party observations, patients were instructed to avoid discussing this training with their significant other who had volunteered to take part in the study.
Modifying Stuntz and Weiss' study design to consider these issues may help better determine whether the interaction between social orientations and perceived beliefs of significant others predicts moral beliefs.
The Love & Money study revealed that more than half (55 percent) of Americans find a strong budgeting and saving strategy to be the most appealing money management trait in a significant other, a preference that grew in direct proportion with the respondents' age group.
Ten significant others from both rural and urban communities participated in the study (Table 1).
The semi-structured, facilitated discussions explored participants' views on involving family members and significant others in a healthy lifestyle program as supports for participants' health behavior change goals, such as reducing or stopping smoking, getting more physical activity, and improving eating habits.
Nash, and their colleagues recruited participants through Yahoo and MSN forums for significant others of military service members.
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.
Rankings by the MS patients and significant others were similar.
No major studies have surveyed Jewish addictions, but anecdotally it seems to be about the same rate as the general population, said Jonathan Katz, director of a New York Jewish organization that runs a support group called Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others.
One of its greatest strengths is that it offers ways to work through and resolve issues that all teens have in their lives, with school, family, friends, or significant others.
Although resources to help the addicted person are predominant in our efforts in the addiction field, the significant others in that person's life also suffer and need help (Ligon, 2003).
The research team scanned volunteers' brains as pictures of current and former serious significant others as well as of neutral acquaintances were shown to them.

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