Shared reality in courtship : does it matter for marital success?

dc.contributor.advisorHuston, Ted L.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLoving, Timothyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGleason, Marcien
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNeff, Lisaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVangelisti, Anitaen
dc.creatorWilson, April Christineen
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-22T14:22:30Zen
dc.date.available2011-06-22T14:22:30Zen
dc.date.available2011-06-22T14:22:50Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.date.updated2011-06-22T14:22:50Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis study provides evidence that individuals who share similar experiences that are grounded in the actual features of the courtship are likely to remain married over 13 years later. Using logistic regression and path analyses to examine 168 married partners, results support previous research suggesting that “enduring dynamics” best predicts the developmental pathway for couples who remain married, whereas “disillusionment” prefigures marital instability. Specifically, findings revealed that marriages are more likely to be stable when premarital partners (a) feel similar depths of love for one another, (b) move toward marriage at comparable rates over the course of the courtship, and when feelings of (c) love and (d) ambivalence reflect how frequently they experience conflict and downturns in their estimations of the likelihood of marriage. Gender differences and exceptions to this pattern are discussed.en
dc.description.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2723en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectRelationship developmenten
dc.subjectMarriageen
dc.subjectCouplesen
dc.subjectCourtshipen
dc.subjectDatingen
dc.subjectRomantic relationshipsen
dc.subjectInterpersonal relationshipsen
dc.subjectResilienceen
dc.titleShared reality in courtship : does it matter for marital success?en
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Development and Family Sciencesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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