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dc.contributor.authorHillian, Lenette D. Jr.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:51:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:51:31Z
dc.date.issued1998-05-06en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-42898-123833en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36706
dc.description.abstract

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This study investigated commitment in the romantic relationships of 16 African-American men and women, eight men and eight women, aged 20-23. Ten participants were currently in a committed relationship and six participants were not currently in a committed relationship at the time of the study. Interdependence theory guided this qualitative study to examine how participants defined commitment, what they expected from their partners, sources that were instrumental in their development of expectations of how a partner should behave in a committed relationship, and the meanings they attached to relational alternatives, investments, rewards, costs, and barriers. Results indicated that eight relational themes defined commitment: exclusivity, honesty, being supportive, spending time, communicating, getting respect, trust, and love. In addition, two types of commitment were identified, short-term and long-term. From this sample, there was a connection between the definition of commitment and the meanings attached to relational alternatives, investments, rewards, costs, and barriers. The sources of how a partner should behave served as the context for the definition of commitment and meanings attached to alternatives, investments, rewards, costs, and barriers. Suggestions for future research on close relationships among African-Americans are discussed.

 

 

 

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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.relation.haspartLLHILLIAN_THESIS_REVISION_PT1.PDFen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectrelationshipsen_US
dc.subjectcommitmenten_US
dc.subjectAfrican-Americanen_US
dc.titleCommitment in African-American Relationshipsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBird, Gloria W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStremmel, Andrew J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCalasanti, Toni M.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-42898-123833/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-05-06en_US
dc.date.rdate1999-06-03
dc.date.adate1998-06-03en_US


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