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Factors that Affect Long Interpersonal Relationships Long-term interpersonal relationships and the factors that keep couples together has been a topic in research that reminds us how these factors come into play as the length of the relationship increases Rusbult 1983 offered three factors that affect long-term relationships The first factor was satisfaction depending on if the individuals in relationship were satisfied eg happy or dissatisfied eg unhappy with their relationship it would lead to how long their relationship lasted The second factor was lack of alternatives if the individuals felt that they had no alternatives to the present relationship eg no other person to have a relationship with or if they did have alternatives this would affect how long the relationship lasted The third factor was investment of resources depending on how much the individuals put into the relationship eg money time and effort that would depend on how long the relationship persisted Arriaga and Agnew 2001 believed that Rusbults three factors dealt with how long relationships last but they believed that there was a fourth factor that affected long-term relationships The factor was Psychological Commitment This factor had three components which are psychological attachment long-term orientation and intent to persist Arriaga and Agnew s model shares similarities with Rusbults three factors According to Arriaga and Agnew Rusbults three factors affect stability indirectly by affecting commitment The purpose of the current study was to test Arriaga and Agnews 2001 model We had four hypotheses in our study The first hypothesis was stability would be positively correlated with commitment The second hypothesis was commitment would be positively correlated with satisfaction The third hypothesis was commitment would be positively correlated with Factors that Affect 4 investment Finally the fourth hypothesis was commitment would be negatively correlated with availability of alternatives In this study we used length of relationship as an operational definition of relationship stability Method Participants Eighty-one students 47 women 34
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