Why do some relationships continue whereas others end? One of the most distressing events an individual can go through is the ending of their romantic relationship. As such, we have conducted research aimed at understanding what constitutes ample relationship maintenance, what types of relationship maintenance are especially useful, and why individuals choose to leave their relationships.
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