Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Title

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Volume

22

Issue

4

First Page

1

Last Page

14

DOI

10.1080/14681990701496415

ISSN

1468-1749

Keywords

rituals, commitment, investment model

Abstract

This study examined how rituals were associated with commitment, and to what extent rituals moderated the investment model variables (i.e., satisfaction level, investment size, and alternatives) on commitment. Although rituals promote commitment in marital and family relationships, the salience of rituals to commitment in premarital involvements has not been investigated. University students (N=100) who agreed to participate were in a couple relationship but not married. Findings indicated that rituals were significant predictors of commitment; however, no unique variance was accounted for once investment model variables were taken into consideration. Rituals significantly moderated the relationship between alternatives and investments, and commitment. Implications for future research are discussed.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Campbell, K., & Ponzetti, J. J. (2007). The moderating effects of rituals on commitment in premarital involvements. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 22, 1-14, which has been published in final form at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14681990701496415

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