2009 Volume 17 Issue 2 Pages 144-156
Effects of romantic relationship among university students were investigated. University students (N=340) were asked to respond to 75 questions regarding romantic relationship that were selected on the basis of a pilot study. Factor analysis found seven factors: Self-expansion, Fulfillment, Constraint, Relationship Anxiety, Economic Burden, Disorganized Life, and Heightened Evaluation by Others. These factors were important in romantic relationship, because participants who had a partner scored higher on each of them than those who did not. Results indicated that the correlations between the factors and relationship length were not significant. Comparison between men and women indicated that men were higher on Constraint and Heightened Evaluation by Others than women, whereas women scored higher on Disorganized Life. Moreover, whereas relationship satisfaction had a correlation with Self-expansion, Fulfillment, Constraint, Relationship Anxiety, and Disorganized Life, and relationship involvement with Fulfillment among women, only relationship satisfaction had a significant correlation with Fulfillment among men.