Marital attitudes as determinates of involvement in romantic relationships
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Behavior in romantic relationships has changed and suggests that individuals’ attitudes toward marriage and divorce, women’s roles in society, and their marital role expectations have transformed as well. In this study, I examined the connections between attitudes related to the institution of marriage that impact the development of romantic relationships among never-married individuals. Using a sample of coupled dating partners, respondents independently graphed changes in the chance of marriage to their current partner and completed questionnaire data on their personal attitudes, relationship characteristics, and commitment. The results suggest that attitudes are associated with the development of romantic relationships.