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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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Both parents' acceptance and rejection were related to perceived social support from significant others.
In the current study, we investigated how the work values of the self are affected by significant others, such as parents and friends, and how the work values of the self and others influence career decision self-efficacy and career decision status.
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.
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.
The workshops are expense-paid weekend events for up to 200 service members and their spouses or significant others.
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.

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