ERIC Number: ED328812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Casual Dating Dissolution: A Typology.
Loyer-Carlson, Vicki L.; Walker, Alexis J.
Although there are many typologies of relationship development and love, it is frequently assumed that all break-ups are alike. This longitudinal study examined persons' cognitions regarding early relationship interactions and/or observations which caused them to think about the viability of the relationship. The role of causal attributions in the dissolution of casual-dating relationships was explored and led to the development of the typology of casual-dating dissolution. This study was part of a longitudinal investigation of dating relationships undertaken at the University of Oklahoma (1982-83). Of the 88 relationships originally in the study, 74 were dissolved during the 6-month collection period. Subjects were 48 participants who completed termination questionnaires. Results of the study led to the examination of a typology of casual-dating dissolution. This examination was guided by Kelley's (1979) theory of interdependence, and resulted in the discovery of three distinct types: independence break-ups, disposition break-ups, and relationship problem break-ups. These types were validated with information provided at intake (when the relationship was intact) and with information regarding the encounters between the subjects and their partners. The inclusion of types of break-ups in the study clarified an important question regarding alternatives in casual-dating stability: persons in disposition break-ups had a significantly lower assessment of their alternatives to the relationship. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: West Virginia Univ. Foundation.
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Identifiers: Casual Dating Dissolution
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (52nd, Seattle, WA, November 9-14, 1990).