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    • ERCLE GARDNER. "Domestic happiness, thou only bliss of Paradise that hast survived the fall." Mr. Janson is her favorite teacher. Maybe she's got "designs" on him-I don't know. BYRON AHLSTROM. "They dream in courtship but in wedlock wake." S\ l.f I...
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    • Grandfather's team for the long joumey to the valley of the Great Salt Lake consisted of a yoke of oxen and cows. The company that they joined was known as the Independent Immigration Company as each family owned its own outfit independent of the...
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    • had eluded him and his men on the first trip. He made many topographic and geological sumeys of much of the Colorado River Basin.' Major Powell stayed at the Lunt Hotel when passing through Cedar City, while making these explorations. On sevcral...
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    • be delivered at the S.E. Corner of Section 6, and the second 50 cords near the center of the SW4 of Section 3." "The wood shall be sold, half dry and half green, or all dry, cedar or pine, or both, and is to be cut in 3 ft. lengths and ricked up at...
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    • Commitment iii AN EXPLORATION OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF COMMITMENT LEADING TO MARRIAGE D. Scott Sibley Dr. Matthew H. Barton, Thesis Supervisor ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to research how newly married couples construct and...
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    • Commitment 15 life-style. Likewise, as a way of behaviorally displaying their commitment experience they give each other a special gift. (p.3) As this example shows, the experience of commitment varies between couples, as does how their commitment...
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    • Commitment 16 Chapter 2 Literature Review Researchers have found many factors that play a role in the evolution of commitment (Niehuis, Huston, & Rosenband, 2006; Ripley, Worthington, Bromley, & Kemper, 2005; Weigel, Bennett, & Ballard-Reisch,...
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    • Commitment 18 Couple Qualities A combination of each individual’s qualities can also predict marital outcomes by affecting a couple’s courtship. A partner’s recognition of similar attitudes, social characteristics, or behavior can determine...
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    • Commitment 25 Sexual Permissiveness Sexual permissiveness can also be a hindrance to commitment in relationship. There is greater acceptance of sexual permissiveness in today’s society. Premarital sexual behavior is a great risk to future success...
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    • Commitment 27 characteristics, such as love, loyalty, sensitivity, and trust, were all descriptions of commitment used by both married couples and those couples who were cohabiting (Pryor & Roberts, 2005). Research Questions Although many...
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    • Commitment 28 construct the meaning of commitment in their relationships” (p. 2). This leads to the first research question: RQ1: How do couples construct and re-construct the meaning of commitment through events in courtship? To gain a greater...
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    • Commitment 29 interviewed a recently married couple and asked several questions relating to commitment. According to Weigel (2003): The findings revealed particular events, conditions, and interactions that the couple themselves said are relevant...
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    • Commitment 36 The next questions in the interview process were designed to address the research questions. Follow-up questions were often asked according to the relevancy during the interview and to encourage the participants to be more in-depth...
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    • Commitment 39 Chapter Four Results Construction and Re-Construction of Commitment The first research question sought to explore how couples construct and re-construct the meaning of commitment through events in courtship. Specifically, questions...
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    • Commitment 42 It was a good foundation that we were just friends and had that connection before any real romance was integrated in. I guess you know that person. You know the different aspects of who they are rather than, I have an attraction to...
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    • Commitment 43 adequate amounts of time to get to know their spouse and really trust them before they were willing to commit. Cody and Savannah Morgan developed their relationship gradually, which allowed them to build their commitment to each...
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    • Commitment 53 developed their own ideas of commitment. When participants had observed positive examples of commitment from their mother and father, they often expressed a desire to emulate those characteristics in their own relationships....
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    • Commitment 55 Michael and Sarah Webb also noted the importance the discussing future plans in courtship. At the time of the interview, Michael and Sarah had been married for 1 year and 6 months. Michael expressed that he needed to discuss future...
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    • Commitment 56 just makes us more prepared for the future and know that the other is on the same page. So, it makes it easier to go through the future things and challenges, if we know we are going to stick together and have loftier goals...

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