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Seeking and Ensuring Interdependence: Desiring Commitment and the Strategic Initiation and Maintenance of Close Relationships.

Authors
  • Tan, Kenneth1
  • Agnew, Christopher R2
  • Hadden, Benjamin W3
  • 1 Singapore Management University, Singapore. , (Singapore)
  • 2 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
  • 3 Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Personality & social psychology bulletin
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
46
Issue
1
Pages
36–50
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0146167219841633
PMID: 31046587
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The current research offers and examines the concept of commitment desirability, defined as the subjective desire to be involved in a committed romantic relationship at a given time. In pursuing their desire for a committed romance, how do individuals high in commitment desirability strategically ensure success? We suggest that high perceived partner commitment is sought by individuals who themselves desire to be involved in a committed relationship. In three studies involving individuals both currently involved and not involved in a relationship, we found support for the hypothesized interactive effect of commitment desirability and perceived partner commitment, such that greater commitment desirability was associated with more positive relationship outcomes, especially when partners were perceived to be high in commitment. The present research suggests that commitment desirability is a meaningful predictor of relationship attitudes and behaviors. Implications for understanding relationship commitment as well as future research directions are discussed.

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