Stay-Leave Behavior

Stay-Leave Behavior

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.

Relevant Publications

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  • Machia, L. V. & Oh, J. (in press). Relationship Deterioration and Dissolution. In A. Vangelisti, D. Pearlman, & S. Sprecher (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships (3rd Edition). Cambridge University Press. 

  • Joel, S., Eastwick, P. W., Allison, C. J., Arriaga, X. B., Baker, Z. G., Bar-Kalifa, E., Bergeron, S., Birnbaum, G., Brock, R. L., Brumbaugh, C. C., Carmichael, C. L., Chen, S., Clarke, J., Cobb, R. J., Coolsen, M. K., Davis, J., de Jong, D. C., Debrot, A., DeHaas, E. C., Derrick, J. L., Eller, J., Estrada, M. J., Faure, R., Finkel, E. J., Fraley, R. C., Gable, S. L., Gadassi, R., Girme, Y. U., Gordon, A. M., Gosnell, C. L., Hammond, M. D., Hannon, P. A., Harasymchuk, C., Hofmann, W., Horn, A. B., Impett, E. A., Jamieson, J. P., Keltner, D., Kim, J. J., Kirchner, J. L., Klewer, E. S., Kumashiro, M., Larson, G., Lazarus, G., Logan, J. M., Luchies, L. B., MacDonald, G., Machia, L. V., Maniaci, M. R., Maxwell, J. A., Mizrahi, M., Muise, A., Niehuis, S., Ogolsky, B. G., Oldham, C. R., Overall, N. C., Perrez, M., Peters, B. J., Pietromonaco, P. R., Powers, S. I., Pronk, T., Pshedetzky-Shochat, R., Rafaeli, E., Ramsdell, E., Reblin, M., Reicherts, M., Reifman, A., Reis, H. T., Rhoades, G. K., Rholes, W. S., Righetti, F., Rodriguez, L. M., Rogge, R., Rosen, N. O., Saxbe, D., Sened, H., Simpson, J. A., Slotter, E. B., Stanley, S. M., Stocker, S., Surra, C., Vaughn, A. A., Vicary, A. M., Visserman, M. L., & Wolf, S. (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 19061-19071
  • VanderDrift, L. E. & Agnew, C. R. (2019). Interdependence perspectives on relationship maintenance. In B. G. Ogolsky & J. K. Monk (Eds.) Relationship Maintenance: Theory, Process, and Context. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
  • Agnew, C. R. & VanderDrift, L. E. (2018). Commitment processes in personal relationships. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships (2nd Edition). (pp. 437-448). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
  • Agnew, C. R., & VanderDrift, L. E. (2014).  Relationship maintenance and dissolution. In J. A. Simpson & J. F. Dovidio (Eds.), The handbook of personality and social psychology: Interpersonal relations and group processes (pp. 581-604). Washington, DC: APA Press.