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Relationship Security Influenced By Perceived Intimacy

coupleA new study examined how unmarried college students associate intimacy with the stability of a relationship.

More specifically, investigators studied relational uncertainty — people’s lack of confidence in their perceptions of relationship involvement.

Researchers evaluated associations between intimacy and relational uncertainty and found that fluctuations in perceptions of relationships are meaningful aspects of non-marital romantic relationships.

Denise Haunani Solomon of Pennsylvania State University and Jennifer A. Theiss of Rutgers University administered a web-based survey to 315 unmarried college students about their relationship weekly for six weeks.

Researchers found that the level of intimacy people perceived within a relationship in any given week significantly predicted perceptions of relational uncertainty and interference from a partner.

The data revealed the highest levels of relational uncertainty when intimacy was low.

“Our results suggest that when intimacy ebbs, doubts about the relationship emerge,” the authors conclude.

“Making emerging adults aware of how romantic associations inevitably pose a threat to a person’s subjective well-being might help them to form more realistic romantic relationship goals.”

The study is published in the journal Personal Relationships.

Source: Blackwell Publishing

Relationship Security Influenced By Perceived Intimacy

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Relationship Security Influenced By Perceived Intimacy. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/08/15/relationship-security-influenced-by-perceived-intimacy/2759.html

 

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