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Özge Akbalık Doğan, Ayda Büyükşahin Sunal
2011; 26(67):70-82

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The main purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between positive illusions, relationship commit- ment and attributions among married individuals. Demographic Information Form, Positive Illusion Scale, Relationship Attribution Measure and Relationship Stability Scale were administered to 347 married individuals. Results showed that relationship satisfaction was the best predictor variable of positive marital illusions. In contrast, number of children, quality of alternatives, motivation and blame variables were negative predictors of positive marital illusions. Males reported more idealistic distortion than females did. Participants with high education levels scored higher on marital satisfaction, idealistic distortion and marital ideals than did participants with low education levels. Females with low education levels had the lowest positive illusions. Finally, participants grouped according to their levels of positive illusions were compared in terms of relationship commitment variables and attribution styles. In comparison to individuals with low and middle positive illusions, high positive illusion group had signifi cantly higher scores on relationship satisfaction, relationship investment and relationship commitment. In contrast, individuals with low positive illusion levels had higher scores on quality of alternatives, causality and responsibility attributes. As a result, marital positive illusions are strongly related to relationship commitment.

Keywords: Positive marital illusion, relationship satisfaction, relationship investment, relationship commitment,attributions