A longitudinal study evaluated associations between intimacy and relational uncertainty and characteristics of interdependence within nonmarital romantic relationships. Three hundred and fifteen college students in the United States completed a Web-based survey about their relationship weekly for 6 weeks. Results indicated nonlinear associations between intimacy and relational uncertainty and perceptions of a partner's interference (p <.001) that were inconsistent with hypotheses. Intimacy was positively associated with a partner's influence in and facilitation of activities (p <.001). An interaction between intimacy and a partner's influence predicted a partner's interference, such that a partner's influence was more positively associated with interference at low, compared to high, intimacy (p <.05). The implications of these findings for rethinking the relational turbulence model are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Life-span and Life-course Studies