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Sequential Analysis of Perceived Commitment to Partners in Premarital Coitus
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 37, No. 2 (May, 1975), pp. 385-390
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350972
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A sequence of premarital sexual partners was linked with respondents' current estimates of the degree of commitment involved from the most recent to the least recent partner. Comparisons of these commitment levels reveal a statistically significant increase in percentages of high commitment as sequence proceeds from the least recent to the most recent relationships. This pattern seems to develop through downward reevaluation of past relationships as new ones are formed. Successive experiences seem to alter retrospective judgmental outcomes. These findings are consistent for subjects of both sexes, individually or collectively considered.
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