Handbook of Interpersonal Commitment and Relationship Stability

  • Jeffrey M. Adams
  • Warren H. Jones

Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeffrey M. Adams, Warren H. Jones
      Pages 3-33
  3. Conceptualization and Measurement of Interpersonal Commitment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. George Levinger
      Pages 37-52
    3. Pamela Kate Wyatt
      Pages 53-71
  4. The Development of Interpersonal Commitment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Hillary J. Morgan, Phillip R. Shaver
      Pages 109-124
    3. Catherine A. Surra, Debra K. Hughes, Susan E. Jacquet
      Pages 125-148
    4. Joseph Veroff
      Pages 149-162
  5. Basic Commitment Processes in Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Jeffrey M. Adams, Jana S. Spain
      Pages 165-179
    3. Ronald M. Sabatelli
      Pages 181-192
    4. John Lydon
      Pages 193-203
    5. Bernard I. Murstein
      Pages 205-219
    6. Robert K. Leik, Timothy J. Owens, Irving Tallman
      Pages 239-256
  6. Commitment within Diverse Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257

About this book


A fundamental assumption underlying the formation of our most important relationships is that they will persist indefinitely into the future. As an acquaintanceship turns into a friend­ ship, for example, both members of this newly formed interpersonal bond are likely to expect that their interactions will become increasingly frequent, diverse, and intimate over time. This expectation is perhaps most apparent in romantically involved couples who, through a variety of verbal and symbolic means, make explicit pledges to a long-lasting relationship. In either case, it is clear that these relationships represent something valuable to the individuals in­ volved and are pursued with great enthusiasm. Virtually all close relationships are formed within the context of mutually rewarding in­ teractions and/or strong physical attraction between partners. Friends and romantically in­ volved couples alike are drawn to one another because of similarity of attitudes, interests, and personality and, quite simply, because they enjoy one another's company. This enjoyment, cou­ pled with the novelty that characterizes new relationships, almost makes the continuation of the relationship a foregone conclusion. As relationships progress, however, their novelty fades, conflicts may arise between partners, negative life events may occur, and the satisfaction that previously characterized the relationships may diminish.


Innovation Moral cognition communication interdependence stability

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Adams
    • 1
  • Warren H. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.High Point UniversityHigh PointUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4773-0
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7161-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4773-0
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