Commitment and Sacrifice in Emerging Adult Romantic Relationships

J. Kale Monk, Amber V. Vennum, Brian G. Ogolsky, Frank D. Fincham

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The development of commitment and satisfaction with sacrifice has been associated with relationship health and stability. Given the importance of early romantic relationships, the purpose of the present study was to explore how these constructs relate and develop in an emerging adult population (n = 246). Through an initial confirmatory factor analysis, we found the two constructs can be distinct. Then, using interdependence theory and a cross-lagged model over three time points, we found support for a bidirectional relationship between commitment and satisfaction with sacrifice. In addition, we found a main effect for relationship length and instability (i.e., cycling) on Time 1 and Time 3 dedication respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-434
Number of pages19
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • commitment
  • dating relationships
  • early adulthood
  • interdependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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