Intimacy and the magnitude and experience of episodic relational uncertainty within romantic relationships

Leanne K. Knobloch, Denise Haunani Solomon

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

86 Scopus citations

Abstract

This paper seeks to clarify the association between the intimacy and the magnitude of relational uncertainty generated by specific events within romantic relationships. More specifically, we suggest that episodic relational uncertainty peaks at moderate levels of intimacy. We conducted a cross-sectional study in which 328 romantic relationship participants reported their reactions to a hypothetical relational uncertainty increasing event. Although the effect size was small, findings documented a curvilinear association between intimacy and episodic relational uncertainty. Further, hierarchical regression results supported our predictions about the effects of intimacy and episodic relational uncertainty on people's reactions to the events. We discuss the implications of our findings for understanding the roles of both intimacy and episodic relational uncertainty within romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-478
Number of pages22
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Intimacy and the magnitude and experience of episodic relational uncertainty within romantic relationships'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this