ERIC Number: ED143995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Love and Involvement in Romantic Relationships.
Maddex, Barbara E.
This study investigates the effects of predictability, perceived similarity, trust and love on each other and involvement in romantic relationships by developing and testing (by path analysis) two models. One model incorporated involvement in romantic relationships as a dependent variable; the second model incorporated involvement as an independent variable. Survey results from 87 dating couples indicate that love and involvement in romantic relationships are products of complex interrelationships among factors which differ by sex. Men trust predictable women, love trustworthy women, and maintain relationships with women they love and can predict. Women trust men perceived to be similar, love men they trust and can predict, and primarily remain involved with men they can predict. This process is cyclical: involvement influences predictability and, for women, influences perceptions of similarity. Since similarity and predictability in turn influence involvement directly and indirectly, a recycling process results. These sex differences are best explained by the differential status of the sexes in contemoprary society. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (May 5-7, 1977, Chicago, Illinois)