Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
While numerous empirical studies have looked at commitment levels across various aspects of life, little research has attempted to integrate these disparate literatures. Accordingly, this study attempts to address this gap by adapting a taxonomy of commitment commonly used in the workplace to the analysis of commitment in romantic relationships. Additionally, the relationship between personality and levels of commitment in romantic relationships were investigated utilizing the Big Five personality factors. Results indicated that personality does relate to commitment and that the affective (emotional) and continuance (economic) facets of commitment have specific relevance to understanding commitment expressed in romantic relationships. Gender similarities and differences, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 13 no. 2 2008
O'Brien, Ruth S.; Smithson, Joy N.; Weathington, Barth L.; and Booher, Lauran R.
"Big five personality characteristics and commitment levels in romantic relationships,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 13:
2, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol13/iss2/10