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ERIC Number: ED359470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 13
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Commitment in Relationships: A Look at Constraint and Dedication.
Nordeen, Barb Nelson
The concept of commitment has been studied both in theory and in research. Commitment is considered as having two constructs, personal dedication and constraint commitment. This study was conducted to examine several questions concerning commitment. It examined whether constraint or dedication increase over time; whether there is a difference between men and women in each of these two areas; and what implications the findings have for counselors who work with relationship issues. Subjects were 21 women and 16 men recruited from various sources: church groups, groups of graduate students, and community contacts. The subjects completed the Commitment Inventory, a 60-item, 10-subscale inventory that measures the components of constraint and dedication separately. The two constructs were studied by comparing personal dedication to constraint and by studying each construct over time. The results showed that males had a higher level of constraint than did females and that the level of constraint seemed to increase over time. Dedication was similar for both males and females, and the level remained relatively steady over time. It is possible that, among clients who seek counseling for marital distress, those who rate high in personal dedication might be able to work through problems that those who score lower could not. If this appears to be the case, working to increase or develop personal dedication may be a start in early treatment of marital difficulties. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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