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Meeting Places and Longevity of Relationships: Distal Factors of Correlation

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Start Date 09/01/2005
End Date 06/30/2006
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
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  Robert Boeckmann

Student Researchers
  Jessica Reyna

Abstract

Relationships begin in a variety of places. This study will examine the underlying influences of meeting place and social networks on relationship longevity in attempt to replicate previous studies conducted over a decade ago by Michael, Gagnon, Laumann, & Kolata (1994). A focus will be put on preselected places (i.e., places which are not assumed to be directly tied to social networks), and the internet as locations of meeting. The main distal factors to be investigated are the number of shared social networks and the amount of similarity between the two individuals in the relationship. The main goal of this study is to determine how meeting places may contribute to the longevity of relationships.

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