A Research Study On The Nature Of Interdependence

859 WordsNov 11, 20154 Pages
It is estimated that 50-60% of American couples experience a violent episode at least once in the span of their relationship. A correlational study done at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied the importance of the nature of interdependence in ongoing relationships, using the investment model to understand decisions to remain in or terminate abusive relationships. Using data obtained from the official files of a shelter for battered women, they studied three different important variables – satisfaction level (severity and frequency of abuse, abuse history), investment size (marital status, children, length of relationship), and alternative quality (education and income levels). The shelter staff interviewed women shortly after their arrival in order to measure their subjective commitment. They also contacted the women after leaving the shelter to check on their safety and determine whether they had returned to their abusive partners, in order to obtain information relevant to actual behavior. In this study, there were three different hypotheses that looked at the different variables. Hypothesis 1 predicts that feelings of commitment to an abusive relationship would be associated with limited or poor-quality alternatives, greater investment of resources in a relationship, and greater satisfaction/lesser dissatisfaction. Hypothesis 2 predicts that individuals will be more likely to remain with abusive partners to the degree that they feel more strongly committed
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