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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Galway, Alison
URN etd-05042010-020351
Title Commitment in long term cohabiting couples
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Blieszner, Rosemary Committee Chair
Allen, Katherine R. Committee Member
Travis, Shirley S. Committee Member
  • Interpersonal relations
Date of Defense 1994-04-05
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Researchers on close relationships presupposed marriage as a central measure of successful commitment and identified a mix of structural and personal motives underlying commitment. Debate on how to measure and predict commitment has been prompted by its conceptual complexity and the importance of its role in relationship maintenance.

This study focused on five couples together for at least 13 years outside the institutional grooves and prescribed roles of marriage. Johnson's (1991a) social-psychological model of commitment types embedded within a social structure guided the research. The couples defined commitment, discussed a challenging time in the maintenance of their relationship, and responded to specific questions.

Data analysis resulted in development of a three dimensional model of commitment phenomenology. Dimensions include types of commitment from Johnson's model (1991a); commitment contexts of time and society expanded from Johnson's model; and the expression of commitment (awareness, salience, plans, or behavior) implied in Johnson's model but made explicit in this model.

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