A longitudinal test of the relational turbulence model of romantic relationship development

Denise Haunani Solomon, Jennifer A. Theiss

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-357
Number of pages19
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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