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...
I thought she was not only pretty, but a neat person.” Taryn provided greater clarity to the
gradual process that occurred in their relationship when she said the following:
Just looking back through all those qualities that I had...
Oliver’s family moved across the country while he was growing up. His dad went to medical
school while him mom stayed home with him and his six siblings. Often his dad had to work
100 hour weeks while he was finishing his training...
could diagnose it. So, I wasn’t afraid to get married. Some people say, “I don’t want to
get married because my parents got divorced.” I know what they did and I can see why it
went wrong, so I know…we will be fine.
Adam and Katie Williams realized the importance of learning from the mistakes of
others. Adam and Katie had been married for a little over a year and a half when this interview
took place. Adam understood that some relationships fail,...
Luke and Taryn Freeman felt like words of affirmation were important in their marriage
relationship. When Luke and Taryn tell each other how they feel about each other, their
commitment to each other is made stronger. Luke discussed...
positive or negative examples are a more powerful influence for an individual’s understanding of
The final research question asked couples how they communicated commitment during
courtship and marriage. As the researcher...