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J Pers Soc Psychol. 2016 Jul;111(1):34-52. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000052. Epub 2016 May 16.

The forecast model of relationship commitment.

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Department of Psychology, University of Maryland.

Abstract

Four studies tested the forecast model of relationship commitment, which posits that forecasts of future relationship satisfaction determine relationship commitment and prorelationship behavior in romantic relationships independently of other known predictors and partially explain the effects of these other predictors. This model was supported in 2 cross-sectional studies, a daily report study, and a study using behavioral observation, informant, and longitudinal methods. Across these studies, forecasts of future relationship satisfaction predicted relationship commitment and prorelationship behavior during relationship conflict and partially explained the effects of relationship satisfaction, quality of alternatives, and investment size. These results suggest that representations of the future have a prominent role in interpersonal processes. (PsycINFO Database Record.

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27183320
DOI:
10.1037/pspi0000052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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