Article Summary: Everyday Expressions of Commitment and Relational Uncertainty as Predictors of Relationship Quality and Stability Over Time

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Article Summary: Everyday Expressions of Commitment and Relational Uncertainty as Predictors of Relationship Quality and Stability over Time This qualitative research study published in Communication Reports in 2011 was conducted to examine the question of how the communication of commitment is associated with relationship well-being. Daniel J. Weigel, Camille Brown and Cailin Kulp O'Riordan observe that though relationships are important to well-being, many have difficulty in constructing relationships that endure. The purpose of this study was to look at how communication of commitment, commitment level, relational uncertainty and relationship well-being are linked over time. The author's proposed 6 hypotheses: H1) Commitment level and reported use of commitment indicators are positively associated with subsequent perceptions of relationship quality over time. H2) Use of the commitment indicators mediates the relationship between commitment level and relationship quality over time. H3) People who remain in their relationships are more likely to report higher commitment levels and greater use of commitment indicators at Time 1 than people whose relationships break up. H4) Relational uncertainty is negatively associated with perceptions of relationship quality over time. H5) Use of the commitment indicators mediates the relationship between relational uncertainty and relationship quality over time. H6) People who remain in their relationships report less relational

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