Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward, MSW, LCSW


The objective of this study was to examine what factors affect the level of commitment in intimate interpersonal relationships. To attain this objective, a survey was administered to 40 subjects: 23 were administered to parents or guardians who attended a Parents Teachers Association meeting at a high school in College Park, Georgia and 17 were administered to members of a community in College Park, Georgia.

This study revealed that subjects who were in the regular dating category were not committed to their partners. However, subjects who were in the categories of married, engaged/or planning marriage and exclusive dating were committed to their partners. This study was an attempt to provide a clearer understanding of the maintenance of intimate interpersonal heterosexual relationships.

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