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ERIC Number: EJ991217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
The Relationship Talk: Assessing Partner Commitment
Nelms, Bobbie Jo; Knox, David; Easterling, Beth
College Student Journal, v46 n1 p178-182 Mar 2012
"The talk" is culturally understood to mean a discussion whereby both partners in a relationship reveal their feelings about each other and their commitment to a future together. Typically, one partner feels a greater need to clarity the future and instigates "the talk." This study reports the analysis of a 15 item questionnaire completed by 211 undergraduates in regard to "the talk" to identify the length of the relationship before the talk (65% had "the talk" within one year, 36% within six months) and context (usually during a meal). The most frequent (30%) strategy was direct ("What do you see as far as the future of this relationship?) or questioning of motives (15%) ("What do you want out of this relationship?"). The most frequent reaction from the partner was that he or she "wanted a future" (50.5%) or "did not know" (32.5%). Nine percent told the partner that there was no future and 14% broke up. Social exchange theory is used to explain initiating "the talk." Implications and limitations are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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