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Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century

Enduring Love? is a psycho-social mixed methods study on how couples think about and experience their long-term relationships.
January 2010 - December 2016

Investigators: Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciencces), Jane McCarthy (Reader, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Martina Klett-Davies (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

We are looking at the emotional and practical ‘relationship work’ that people do to keep their relationships going and the ways that social policies and popular culture shape what it means to be a couple. Findings will tell us about what relationships look like in the 21st century and the different factors that are associated with diverse relationship experience.

The project is funded by the ESRC (RES-062-23-3056) and fieldwork will be completed during 2011-2013.

For more information visit the Enduring Love? website.

Image: Love by JOHNNY LAI, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Learn more about the research programme: Intimate Relationships