Participants created graphs to show how their commitment to tie the knot changed in the nine month period and plotted important dates that marked changes to the likelihood of marriage, like fights or personal differences.
1. Dramatic (34% of the sample)
This group has many ups and downs, and spends more time apart than other relationship types. These couples have less support from their families and friends.
2. Partner-focused (30% of the sample)
This type of relationship values the partner over everything else, though changes can occur based on how much time is spent together.
3. Socially involved (19% of the sample)
This group is heavily influenced by the couple’s interactions with social networks, including friends and family, but experiences little variability.
Conflict-ridden (12% of the sample)
This type of relationship centres around argument. These couples have a large number of downturns, but without the steep changes of the ‘dramatic’ group.
Couples that exhibited partner-focused behave most stable in their commitment to wed, and were the most likely to progress in their relationships. While Dramatic’ couples were found most likely to break up.