University of Denver, Psychology, 2155 S. Race St, Denver, CO 80208 (email@example.com).
Commitment: Functions, Formation, and the Securing of Romantic Attachment
Version of Record online: 5 NOV 2010
Copyright 2010 by the National Council on Family Relations
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 243–257, December 2010
How to Cite
Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K. and Whitton, S. W. (2010), Commitment: Functions, Formation, and the Securing of Romantic Attachment. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2: 243–257. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-2589.2010.00060.x
University of Cincinnati, Psychology, 4150 Edwards Building One, P.O. Box 210376, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0376 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Issue online: 5 NOV 2010
- Version of Record online: 5 NOV 2010
- interdependence theory;
In this theoretical article, we review central concepts in the psychological literature on relationship commitment to provide a foundation to discuss two themes related to long-term romantic relationships and marriages. First, we describe and discuss the role that commitment plays in stabilizing romantic attachment. Second, we use empirical research on cohabitation to highlight how what are now common trajectories of couple development can undermine the formation of commitment. The first topic underscores an increasingly important role for commitment in an age of companionate marriage. The second topic draws attention to dynamics that can affect the strength of romantic commitments, especially in marriage.