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Title: Preliminary Findings Supporting a New Model of How Couples Maintain Excitement in Romantic Relationships
Contributor(s): Malouff, John M  (author); Mundy, Susan A (author); Galea, Tamika  (author); Bothma, Vicole N (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2015.1034634
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Abstract: In Study 1, 103 adults involved in an exciting romantic relationship described how they keep their relationship exciting. The responses provided the foundation for a new model of how couples keep their relationship exciting. The model includes exciting activities that are passionate, adventurous, playful, sexual, spontaneous, and romantic, along with three relationship-maintaining activities: communicating effectively, joint activities, and autonomy. In Study 2, 104 adults rated their relationship on the three relationship maintenance variables, on exciting activities, on excitement, and on relationship satisfaction. The relationship-maintenance and exciting activities showed significant associations with both excitement and satisfaction, providing preliminary support for the model.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(3), p. 227-237
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0192-6187
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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