Perceptions of turmoil within courtship: Associations with intimacy, relational uncertainty, and interference from partners

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Abstract

The goal of this article is to test the relational turbulence model's explanation for people's perceptions of turmoil within courtship. It begins by deducing hypotheses about how intimacy, relational uncertainty, and interference from partners may predict perceptions of turmoil. Then, it reports the results of a cross-sectional, self-report investigation of 268 individuals involved in dating relationships. Consistent with the relational turbulence model, perceptions of turmoil were highest at moderate levels of intimacy (H1). Interference from partners (H4, H5), but not relational uncertainty (H2, H3), partially mediated the convex curvilinear association between intimacy and perceptions of turmoil. These results shed light on how individuals may experience the transition from casual dating to serious involvement within courtship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-384
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Courtship
  • Interference from partners
  • Intimacy
  • Relational turbulence model
  • Relational uncertainty
  • Relationship development
  • Transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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