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The role of couple rituals on commitment in premarital relationships Campbell, Kelly

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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of couple rituals on premarital commitment. Data were collected using a rituals measure designed for this study and Rusbult's investment model scale. Responses from 101 undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia were analyzed. Regression analyses were used to test the hypotheses. The investment model was supported: relationship satisfaction, quality of alternatives, and investment size were significantly associated with commitment. In addition, rituals associated positively with satisfaction level, investment size, and commitment and negatively with quality of alternatives. However, the relationship between rituals and commitment was not significant when controlling for the investment model predictors of satisfaction level, quality of alternatives, and investment size. The variables of satisfaction level, quality of alternatives, and investment size were shown to act as mediators in the relationship between rituals and commitment.

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