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In this particular article form the Journal of Psychology the participants were a model of British students that were measured for relationship satisfaction The major aim of the present study was to determine whether relationship satisfaction and negative conflict resolution are associated with consensus change as well as consensus level and association is stronger in those showing decreased rather than increased consensus Cramer 2001 In this study Cramer started with 108 participants but 2 of these said that they never had difference in opinions and fourteen students were excluded because of missing data He was then left with ninety-two students in which sixty-two were women and thirty were men The average age for both men and women participating on the study was twenty The mean duration of their romantic relationships was 352 Only three relationships did not report duration so the mean was solely based on 89 participants Cramer used four multi-item scales to measure the participants relationship satisfaction The first scale the Hendrick Relationship Assessment Scale consisted of seven items which had to be answered on a 5-point Likert scale This scale contained questions such as how satisfied are you with your relationship The higher the scores were on this particular scale the greater the satisfaction in the relationship The second scale was the Consensus Scale it contained nine items ranging from one which means never agree to seven meaning always agree This scale was based on eight items money recreation demonstrations of affection friends sexual relations correct or proper behavior philosophy on life and ways of dealing with parents The ninth item referred to any other major issue Cramer 2001 Higher scores signify greater consensus in this scale The last scale used to measure relationship satisfaction in this study was a combination of an eight-item Negative Conflict Handling subscale and an eight-item Negative Conflict Outcome subscale of the Differences in Opinion Scale This scale was used to determine
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