Skip to content The Open University

Enduring Love?

Couple Relationships in the 21st Century


  1. Enduring Love?
  2. About

The Enduring Love? project is a mixed methods study on long-term adult couple relationships. The findings will add an important dimension to understandings of personal and family lives in contemporary society.

Increasing knowledge on how long-term relationships work and the emotional and practical relationship work that goes into sustaining them, will facilitate more effective points of intervention, informing the improvement of policy making, governance and support services, and relationship education.




Research team



Research questions

Research methodology


  • Enduring Love? Findings, Dialogue, Future Directions

    , ,

    To hear the study's findings and critical debate about the scope and relevance of relationship research by leading contributors in the field, you are warmly invited to join us at this end of project celebratory event.

  • Couples living apart together

    About 10% of adults in Britain today are in a relationship but not living with their partner. On 26 May 2013, Jacqui Gabb was invited to respond to findings of an ESRC-funded research project on the phenomenon of "living apart together" (LAT).

  • The Secret of a Long-term Marriage

    On 26 May 2013 Jacqui Gabb was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour on how couples are sustaining long-term relationships.