Relationship Maintenance

A Review of Research on Romantic Relationships

Brian Gabriel Ogolsky, J. Kale Monk, Te Kisha M. Rice, Jaclyn C. Theisen, Christopher R. Maniotes

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Abstract

Relationship maintenance encompasses a broad array of activities that partners may use to preserve their romantic partnerships. For this article, we systematically review the vast literature (N = 1,149 articles) on relationship maintenance in romantic relationships. We first identify the relevant constructs and propose a conceptual model to organize the literature. Then we turn our focus to the empirical research on the processes and social context of relationship maintenance. We conclude by highlighting the lingering questions in the study of relationship maintenance and offering recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-306
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Family Theory and Review
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Couples
  • dating
  • dyad
  • interdependence
  • maintenance
  • romantic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Relationship Maintenance : A Review of Research on Romantic Relationships. / Ogolsky, Brian Gabriel; Monk, J. Kale; Rice, Te Kisha M.; Theisen, Jaclyn C.; Maniotes, Christopher R.

In: Journal of Family Theory and Review, Vol. 9, No. 3, 01.09.2017, p. 275-306.

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Ogolsky, Brian Gabriel ; Monk, J. Kale ; Rice, Te Kisha M. ; Theisen, Jaclyn C. ; Maniotes, Christopher R. / Relationship Maintenance : A Review of Research on Romantic Relationships. In: Journal of Family Theory and Review. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 275-306.
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