Current Psychology

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 312–326 | Cite as

Testing the investment model of relationship commitment and stability in a longitudinal study of married couples

  • Emily A. ImpettEmail author
  • Kristin P. Beals
  • Letitia A. Peplau


This study tested Rusbult’s (1980, 1983) investment model of relationship commitment and stability using data from both partners of 3,627 married couples. As pre-dicted, spouses’ satisfaction, investments, and quality of alternatives were unique predictors of their commitment to the marital relationship. Additionally, commitment assessed at the initial testing predicted marital termination or stability 18 months later. Multiple-group path analyses showed that the investment model provided an adequate fit to the data and that the associations among variables were similar for husbands and wives. Limitations of the model as well as directions for future research are consid-ered.


Romantic Relationship Married Couple Current Psychology Unique Predictor Relationship Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily A. Impett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristin P. Beals
    • 1
  • Letitia A. Peplau
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos Angeles

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