A phenomenological exploration of relationship effort in emerging adult cyclical dating relationships

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dc.contributor.author Knapp, Darin J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-21T17:05:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-21T17:05:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32567
dc.description.abstract Cyclical romantic relationships—those characterized by breaking up and getting back together or having on/off periods—are a frequent phenomenon in the emerging adult population. These dating relationships maintain some distinctions from other more stable relationships, including the ways that partners strive to sustain relationship health. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative inquiry was to increase in-depth understanding of how emerging adult dating partners’ relationship effort affects relationship transitions within cyclical dating relationships. Ten heterosexual emerging adult couples (10 men, 10 women) currently in cyclical dating relationships were interviewed about their experiences with relationship effort and maintenance. Participant interviews were analyzed according to the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) method. Specific themes emerged from the data, focusing on how perceived individual effort in the relationship, perceived partner effort in the relationship, and specific maintenance behaviors couples used to sustain relational health affected couple decisions about relationship transitioning. Implications regarding relationship education and clinical intervention among cyclical emerging adult couples are discussed. Future research could focus on continued expansion of understanding when in relationship history cyclical patterns begin, and how partners navigate transitions when both perceive reduced relationship effort. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Cyclical relationships en_US
dc.subject Relationship effort en_US
dc.subject Relationship maintenance en_US
dc.subject Emerging adulthood en_US
dc.subject Relationship churning en_US
dc.title A phenomenological exploration of relationship effort in emerging adult cyclical dating relationships en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Jared R. Anderson en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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