Commitment: Functions, Formation, and the Securing of Romantic Attachment.

  title={Commitment: Functions, Formation, and the Securing of Romantic Attachment.},
  author={Scott M. Stanley and Galena Kline Rhoades and Sarah W Whitton},
  journal={Journal of family theory & review},
  volume={2 4},
In this theoretical paper, 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 the formation of commitment can be undermined by what are now common trajectories of couple development. The first… CONTINUE READING
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