The calm after the storm

Relationship length as associated with couples’ daily variability

Casey J. Totenhagen, Emily A Butler, Melissa A Curran, Joyce Serido

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Abstract

We examined whether seven relational constructs (satisfaction, commitment, closeness, conflict, ambivalence, maintenance, and love) showed significant within-person residual variance over time (variability), whether couple members were similar in their variability (covariation), and whether variability and covariation differed by relationship length. We used dyadic daily diary data from 157 couples together from 2 months to 44 years. Each relational construct significantly varied within person from day to day, and couple members significantly covaried. Longer term couples generally experienced less variability than newer couples. We also found that for satisfaction, closeness, ambivalence, and love, couple covariation decreased in longer relationships. We discuss how these findings can be used to help individuals work to maintain greater stability in their feelings about the relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-791
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Covariation
  • daily diary
  • relationship length
  • relationship quality
  • romantic relationships
  • variability

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  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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The calm after the storm : Relationship length as associated with couples’ daily variability. / Totenhagen, Casey J.; Butler, Emily A; Curran, Melissa A; Serido, Joyce.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 33, No. 6, 01.09.2016, p. 768-791.

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