Distance makes the heart grow fonder...
by jbrad4 on November 4, 2013 - 6:04pm
Long Distant Relationships
Geographic separation occurs between partners for a variety of reasons and is one of the hardest parts of a relationship. My article focuses on clarifying pervious research on long distance quality relationships and closer proximity quality. The quality was measured upon happiness, satisfaction and communication. Some studies have found that those in long-distance dating relationships tend to have lower levels of relationship quality when compared to their close-proximity relationships (Cameron & Ross, 2007; Van Horn et al., 1997). The article also discusses how long distance partners felt less of a companionship than close proximity relationships. However my article also discusses how in a study by Stafford & Merolla, Stafford & Reske found that long distance couples actually had higher levels of quality which contradicts what Cameron and Ross and Van Horn stated. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Not all the time.
The main point of my article basically touched upon how people with geographic separation feel about their relationships. The article states several reasons that partners in long-distance relationships want higher relationship quality than those in close-proximity relationships. One reason is that distance might serve as a filter for certain types of partners. In deciding whether or not to enter into or maintain a romantic relationship with a particular partner, individuals may “set the bar” higher when it comes to long-distance relationships. “Setting the bar higher” causes issues in itself. When a partner asks for too much the other may become annoyed and feel that they are putting more into the relationship than there partner. They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder but that is not always the case.
Kelmer, G., Rhoades, G., Stanley, S., & Markman, H. (2013). Relationship quality, commitment, and stability in long-distance relationships. . Family Process, 52, 257-270. Retrieved from http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/ehost/detail?sid=088dac8d-7136-4f35-954a- e11b006697f7@sessionmgr113&vid=4&hid=116&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ==