Intimacy Behaviors and Relationship Satisfaction for Cohabitors: Intimate Sacrifices Are Not Always Beneficial

Valerie J. Young, Melissa A Curran

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Abstract

Guided by interdependence theory, the authors examined how relationship satisfaction is explained by intimate behavior sacrifices in a sample of cohabitors (N = 200). Specifically, it was predicted that characteristics of intimate behavior sacrifices, such as ease and partner appreciation should alter the association of sacrifice frequency and relationship satisfaction. The pattern that emerged demonstrates lower satisfaction for cohabitors when they frequently made intimate sacrifices and their partners were less appreciative of the sacrifices. When making frequent, but less appreciated, intimacy sacrifices for their partner, cohabitors may struggle with intimacy behaviors that are partner oriented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-792
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume150
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2016

Keywords

  • Cohabitation
  • interdependence theory
  • intimacy
  • relational sacrifices
  • satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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