An Exploration of the Construction of Commitment Leading to Marriage

D. Scott Sibley, Paul R. Springer, Amber Vennum, Cody S. Hollist

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how newly married couples construct and reconstruct commitment through events in courtship and early marriage. Fifteen newly married couples, 30 participants, were interviewed individually. Through the use of grounded theory six different themes (friendship, gradual process, positive examples, negative examples, planning for the future, and words of affirmation) emerged in the construction, origination, and communication of commitment. The results of this study have specific implications for theory, research, and practice with young adult couples. The concept of resilient commitment is introduced and briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-203
Number of pages21
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2015


  • commitment
  • family of origin
  • marriage
  • relationship formation
  • resilience
  • romantic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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