Relational Turbulence in College Dating Relationships: Measurement, Construct Validity, and Comparison to Marriage

Kellie St Cyr Brisini, Denise Haunani Solomon

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Dating relationships contribute to the development and well-being of college students, in part because they encompass both rewards and challenges. Relational turbulence theory (RTT) explains variation in the experience of positive and negative episodes in romantic relationships. This study evaluates measures and hypotheses derived from RTT within a college dating sample and compares results to those obtained from married individuals. Results show that relational uncertainty, interdependence, and relational turbulence are both related to and distinct from other qualities of relationships, and they also correlate with self-report measures of cognitions, emotions, and communication. Conclusions highlight differences between dating versus married relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-443
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 8 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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