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Dating Relationship Commitment in Black Men

Title: Dating Relationship Commitment in Black Men.
Name(s): Allen, Kimberly, author
Pasley, Kay, professor directing thesis
Fincham, Frank, committee member
Teasley, Martell, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Using the investment model, the purpose of this study was to predict two dimensions of commitment in Black men by comparing differences between Black and White men and explore within group variation among Black men. The investment model posits that relationship satisfaction, investments, and perception of alternatives predict commitment. Using data from Project Relate, a 5-year federally funded program to develop a national model of relationship education for college students, I sampled 184 men (92 White men and 92 Black men) in exclusive and non-exclusive dating relationships and found that relationship satisfaction was the only variable that differed by race. Relationship satisfaction and investments (satisfaction with sacrifice) were the only variables that predicted personal commitment (dedication). Structural commitment (relationship duration, distance, and cohabitation) was not predicted by any of the investment model variables. Implications, limitations, and future direction are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0172 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: July 7, 2011.
Keywords: Minority Men, Black Men, African American Men, Dating Relationship, Romantic Relationships, Dating, Investment Model, Commitment
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Kay Pasley, Professor Directing Thesis; Frank Fincham, Committee Member; Martell Teasley, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Families
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Owner Institution: FSU

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