Idealization and Communication in Long-Distance Premarital Relationships. Laura Stafford and James R. Reske Ohio State University Journal of Family Relations 1990 - Hannah Jansen . Idealization and Communication in Long-Distance Premarital Relationships. Laura Stafford and James R. Reske
1. Long distance couples will report being more idealized therefore report being more in love and satisfied with the perceived quality of their communication.
2. LD relationships will report less frequent face to face interaction and a larger portion of their communication will be via telephone conversation, or email. (DUH)
3. The constrained amount of communication will be directly related to the measure of idealization, love, satisfaction, and quality of communication.
Restricted communication and how it relates to Idealization in Long distance relationships.
3. Rubin’s Love Scale Relationships
Measures romantic Love construct
.84 internal consistency
4. Bienvenu’s Marital Communication Inventory (MCI)
A 19 item scale concerning the perceived quality of marital communication.
.93 split half reliability………
37 Long distance couples
Average age 21.04 yrs
IV- Geographic separation
DV- Scores from 4 standardized scales
Long distance average 462 miles apart
Geographically close not specified
IV- Geographical separation
DV-Interaction (communication methods)Analysis
When couples were asked if they were likely to marry: Relationships
80.3% LD couples said YES!
62.3% GC couples said YEA!!
6 months after the study, one member of each LD and GC dyad was contacted and asked if they were still together as a couple:
24 out of the 34 GC contacted were still together
All 25 of the LD contacted were still togetherResults .. Again!!!