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|Title: ||Intimacy, passion, commitment and satisfaction in romantic relationships : the effects of duration, partner and perception|
|Other Titles: ||Lian ai guan xi zhong de qin mi, ji qing, cheng nuo ji man zu gan : guan xi chang du, ban lu ji guan gan de ying xiang|
戀愛關係中的親密, 激情, 承諾及滿足感 : 關係長度, 伴侶及觀感的影響
|Authors: ||Ng, Ting Kin (吳挺堅)|
|Department: ||Department of Applied Social Studies|
|Degree: ||Master of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: BF575.L8 N49 2010|
xiv, 172 leaves 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 147-167)
|Abstract: ||In the light of the literature on loving relationships, the present research
attempted to refine Sternberg's (1986, 2006) triangular theory of love and derive
further explanations of phenomena in romantic relationships. In particular, the roles of
relationship duration, the partner's feelings of love, and the perception of the partner
were investigated. Two separate studies were conducted for these purposes.
Study one aimed at inspecting (a) the contributions of intimacy, passion, and
commitment to satisfaction in romantic relationships, (b) the effects of relationship
stage and relationship length on the triangular love components, and (c) the
moderating effects of relationship stage and relationship length on the associations
between the three components of love and relationship satisfaction. Questionnaires
were administered to 168 Chinese people currently involved in a heterosexual
romantic relationship. The results indicated that intimacy and commitment were
independent predictors of relationship satisfaction, whereas passion influenced
relationship satisfaction indirectly through affecting intimacy and commitment.
Regarding the effect of relationship duration on love, the three components followed
significant linear and quadratic trends across the five relationship stages (casually
dating, seriously dating, exclusively dating, engaged, and married). Participants at the
engaged stage reported the highest levels of intimacy, passion, and commitment.
Significant quadratic trends of intimacy and passion and a significant linear trend of
commitment over relationship length also emerged. Concerning the moderating effect
of relationship duration on the influences of the love components on relationship
satisfaction, the effect of commitment was found to be stronger at later stages.
Contrary to the prediction, passion was found to be increasingly influential over relationship length. Another unexpected finding was that relationship duration did not
appear to moderate the impact of intimacy on relationship satisfaction.
The second study aimed to examine (a) the effects of the partner's levels of
intimacy, passion, and commitment on the actor's relationship satisfaction, (b) the
negative effects of the actual discrepancies between a couple's levels of the triangular
love components on relationship satisfaction, (c) the influences of the actor's and the
partner's levels of the love components on the actor's perception of the partner, (d)
the associations between actual discrepancies in the love components and the
perceived discrepancies, (e) the mediating effect of the actor's perception of the
partner's love on the relationship between the partner's love and the actor's
relationship satisfaction, (f) the mediating effect of the perceived discrepancies in love
on the associations between actual discrepancies and relationship satisfaction.
Questionnaires were collected from 79 Hong Kong Chinese couples. The results
revealed that both the actor's and the partner's levels of intimacy, passion, and
commitment were predictive of the actor's relationship satisfaction and the actor's
perception of the partner's love. Moreover, the effects of the partner's love on the
actor's relationship satisfaction were found to be mediated by the actor's perception.
On the other hand, the actual discrepancies between a couple's levels of the love
components were related to dissatisfaction and the couple's perceived discrepancies.
Furthermore, the negative influences of the actual discrepancies in love on
relationship satisfaction were mediated by the perception of the discrepancies.|
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b3947645|
|Appears in Collections:||SS - Master of Philosophy |
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