Contextual Relational Uncertainty Model: Understanding Ambiguity in a Changing Sociopolitical Context of Marriage

J. Kale Monk, Brian G. Ogolsky

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Abstract

Uncertainty about the future of a close relationship is important to consider given the association between relational uncertainty and well-being. These concerns and questions are likely compounded by accelerated rates of societal change that are rife with ambiguity, which could erode relational confidence, especially for those in marginalized unions. Despite the importance of the sociopolitical environment, there is limited insight into how this context might shape various forms of uncertainty. Thus, we propose an integrative framework, the contextual relational uncertainty model, to understand the intersection of contextual ambiguity and relational uncertainty during times of change for individuals in marginalized relationships. As an exemplar of sociopolitical transitions, we describe the changes related to same-sex marriage in the 21st century to illustrate the utility and initial explication of the model. We describe suggestions for future research and clinical implications of exploring sociopolitical uncertainty, as well as its antecedents and consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Family Theory and Review
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Gay/lesbian relationships
  • LGBT families/relationships
  • marriage
  • public policy and legal issues
  • relational uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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