Too fast, too soon? An empirical investigation into rebound relationships

Claudia C. Brumbaugh, R. Chris Fraley

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A “rebound relationship” is commonly understood as a relationship that is initiated shortly after a romantic breakup—before the feelings about the former relationship have been resolved. However, little research has examined the consequences of quickly beginning new romantic relationships after another has ended. In two studies we examined people who experienced a breakup and assessed their well-being, their feelings about their ex-partner, and whether they were seeing someone new. Analyses indicated that people in new relationships were more confident in their desirability and had more resolution over their ex-partner. Among those in new relationships, the speed with which they began their relationship was associated with greater psychological and relational health. Overall, these findings suggest that rebound relationships may be more beneficial than typically believed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-118
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 22 2015


  • Breakups
  • dating
  • disengagement/dissolution
  • rebound relationships
  • relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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