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Enduring Love?

Project outline

The Enduring Love? research project is an exciting development in the study of personal and family lives in contemporary Britain. Much recent policy, academic and professional research has focused on the causes and effects of relationship breakdown, but many heterosexual and LGBTQ+ couples also remain together for significant periods of time. In some ways, then, these couples appear to sit outside a growing tendency towards serial or transitory relationships. To understand more about couples who stay together, our research is focusing on the meanings and everyday experiences of long-term relationships. However we will not be presupposing that such relationships are uniformly loving or straightforwardly associated with contentment. The project is concerned with what helps people sustain relationships and how cultural myths, such as finding ‘the one’ and living ‘happily-ever-after’, are understood and reconciled by adult couples whose own relationships may fall short of these romantic ideals.

This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (RES-062-23-3056)

In an exciting new development, Professor Jacqui Gabb is now working with Paired on a new app for couples. Drawing upon Enduring Love? study findings, the app aims to improve communication and deepen intimacy through daily interactions.

Paired Daily Tips

Listen to Paired audios on everyday relationship work

Partnerships in the pandemic

TV-time with your partner 

Sharing domestic chores


Paired app launched

Paired makes the front page of 'The Times' on Saturday (03/10/20), with a 6-page feature



6 October 2020, 15:45
Paired logo

Chief Relationships Officer at Paired

In an exciting development, Professor Gabb is working in collaboration with Paired, a new app that is designed to enhance relationship quality through everyday interactions.

1 September 2020, 17:33
Relationship education

Relationship Education Resources

OU-Brook online relationship information resources for young people and an eLearning teaching pack designed for use in schools as part of sex and relationship education (SRE) curriculum are launched at the House of Commons (13/09/16), in an event hosted by cross-party MPs.

23 September 2016, 16:37

Contact us

For further details on the project and all media enquiries, please contact: 

Principal Investigator

Professor Jacqui Gabb

Chair of Sociology and Intimacy


The Open University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences and Global Studies
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes