Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability

  • Jeffrey M. Adams
  • Warren H. Jones

Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeffrey M. Adams, Warren H. Jones
      Pages 3-33
  3. Conceptualization and Measurement of Interpersonal Commitment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. George Levinger
      Pages 37-52
    3. Pamela Kate Wyatt
      Pages 53-71
  4. The Development of Interpersonal Commitment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Hillary J. Morgan, Phillip R. Shaver
      Pages 109-124
    3. Catherine A. Surra, Debra K. Hughes, Susan E. Jacquet
      Pages 125-148
    4. Joseph Veroff
      Pages 149-162
  5. Basic Commitment Processes in Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Jeffrey M. Adams, Jana S. Spain
      Pages 165-179
    3. Ronald M. Sabatelli
      Pages 181-192
    4. John Lydon
      Pages 193-203
    5. Bernard I. Murstein
      Pages 205-219
    6. Robert K. Leik, Timothy J. Owens, Irving Tallman
      Pages 239-256
  6. Commitment within Diverse Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Beverley Fehr
      Pages 259-280
    3. Robert O. Hansson, Judy O. Berry, Melissa E. Berry
      Pages 281-291
    4. Raghu N. Singh, Matthew Kanjirathinkal
      Pages 307-322
    5. Sharon S. Rostosky, Deborah P. Welsh, Myra C. Kawaguchi, Renee V. Galliher
      Pages 323-338
    6. Davis G. Patterson, Teresa Ciabattari, Pepper Schwartz
      Pages 339-359
  7. Clinical Issues and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Joseph L. Etherton, Steven R. H. Beach
      Pages 363-378
    3. Scott M. Stanley, W. Charles Lobitz, Fran C. Dickson
      Pages 379-392
    4. Lucia A. Gilbert, Sarah J. Walker
      Pages 393-406
    5. Deborah S. Ballard-Reisch, Daniel J. Weigel
      Pages 407-424
  8. Related Constructs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Caryl E. Rusbult, Jennifer Wieselquist, Craig A. Foster, Betty S. Witcher
      Pages 427-449
    3. Laurie L. Couch, Warren H. Jones, Danny S. Moore
      Pages 451-469
    4. Gregory L. White
      Pages 471-480
    5. Benjamin R. Karney, Thomas N. Bradbury, Matthew D. Johnson
      Pages 481-499
  9. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
    2. Jeffrey M. Adams
      Pages 503-520
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 521-532

About this book


A fundamental assumption underlying the formation of our most important relationships is that they will persist indefinitely into the future. As an acquaintanceship turns into a friend­ ship, for example, both members of this newly formed interpersonal bond are likely to expect that their interactions will become increasingly frequent, diverse, and intimate over time. This expectation is perhaps most apparent in romantically involved couples who, through a variety of verbal and symbolic means, make explicit pledges to a long-lasting relationship. In either case, it is clear that these relationships represent something valuable to the individuals in­ volved and are pursued with great enthusiasm. Virtually all close relationships are formed within the context of mutually rewarding in­ teractions and/or strong physical attraction between partners. Friends and romantically in­ volved couples alike are drawn to one another because of similarity of attitudes, interests, and personality and, quite simply, because they enjoy one another's company. This enjoyment, cou­ pled with the novelty that characterizes new relationships, almost makes the continuation of the relationship a foregone conclusion. As relationships progress, however, their novelty fades, conflicts may arise between partners, negative life events may occur, and the satisfaction that previously characterized the relationships may diminish.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Adams
    • 1
  • Warren H. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.High Point UniversityHigh PointUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7161-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4773-0
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