The Principle of Least Interest

  title={The Principle of Least Interest},
  author={Susan Sprecher and Maria Schmeeckle and Diane H Felmlee},
  journal={Journal of Family Issues},
  pages={1255 - 1280}
Data from a longitudinal sample of dating couples (some of whom married) were analyzed to test the aspect of Waller’s (1938) principle of least interest that states that unequal emotional involvement between romantic partners has implications for relationship quality and stability. Both members of the couples were asked multiple times over several years which partner, if either, was more emotionally involved. Perceptions of unequal emotional involvement were common and tended to remain stable… 

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