ERIC Number: EJ787186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 29
Commitment in Age-Gap Heterosexual Romantic Relationships: A Test of Evolutionary and Socio-Cultural Predictions
Lehmiller, Justin J.; Agnew, Christopher R.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n1 p74-82 Mar 2008
Little research has addressed age-gap romantic relationships (romantic involvements characterized by substantial age differences between partners). Drawing on evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives, the present study examined normative beliefs and commitment processes among heterosexual women involved in age-gap and age-concordant relationships. Results indicated that woman-older partners were the most satisfied with and committed to their relationships, relative to woman-younger and similarly aged partners, consistent with socio-cultural predictions. Additional analyses revealed that satisfaction, alternatives, investments, and normative beliefs accounted for differing degrees of variance in the prediction of commitment among age-gap and similarly aged partners, with greater explained variance among partners of similar ages. Thus, among female heterosexual age-gap partners, factors beyond traditional predictors of commitment may be important in understanding the maintenance of these relationships.
Descriptors: Age Differences, Sexual Orientation, Interpersonal Relationship, Intimacy, Females, Beliefs, Satisfaction, Predictor Variables
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