Enduring Love? Couple Relationships in the 21st Century Survey Findings


Survey Findings relationship measures



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2. Survey Findings relationship measures
2.1 Age, sexuality, marriage/cohabitation, parental status and previous
long-term relationships

Younger men and older men tend to score higher in their relationship quality, relationship maintenance and happiness with relationship/partner than middle-


4 aged men. The youngest group of women (up to age 34) score significantly higher on these measures and on relationship satisfaction than older women.

Childless married and unmarried participants are happier with their relationship and their partner than parents. Unmarried parents are slightly happier than married parents.

Non-heterosexual participants are more positive about and happier with the quality of their relationship, relationship with their partner and their relationship maintenance than heterosexual participants.

Parents appear to engage in less relationship maintenance than childless participants. Heterosexual parents also scored lower than non-heterosexual parents on this measure. Heterosexual parents are the group least likely to be therefor each other, to make couple time, to pursue shared interests, to say I love you and to talk openly to one another Fathers are less positive than childless men about the quality of their relationship, relationship with partner and relationship maintenance. Fathers are also less happy with their relationship/partner but as happy as childless men about life overall.

Mothers are more negative about relationship quality, relationship with partner, relationship maintenance, happiness with relationship/partner than childless women. However, mothers are significantly happier with life than any other group.

Participants who had had previous long-term relationships scored higher on relationship maintenance than those who had not had such relationships.



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