Predicting Romantic Relationship Satisfaction of University Students

Ayça Saraç, Zeynep Hamamcı, Sonay Güçray Full Text: PDF (Türkçe)

Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze the contributions of socio-demographic variables such
as age, class, relationship situation, relationship duration and irrational beliefs of university students
related to romantic relationships and their perceptions concerning premarital relationship to determine
relationship satisfaction. The research group consists of 299 university students having education in a state
university of Hatay. Irrational Romantic Relationship Beliefs Inventory (IRRBI) which was developed
by Sarı (2008), was used to measure the beliefs of university students about romantic relationships and
in order to evaluate the perceptions of students about premarital relationship, Premarital Relationship
Assessment Scale (PRAS) developed by Kalkan and Kaya (2007) was used. Furthermore, the relationship
satisfaction of university students was measured by Relationship Satisfaction sub dimension (RS) of
Relationship Stability Scale (RSS) developed by Rusbult, Martz and Agnew (1998) and was adapted to
Turkish culture by Büyükşahin, Hasta and Hovardaoğlu, (2005). In order to determine the relationship
satisfaction precursors Hierarchic Multiple Regression Analysis was used. The results showed that
relationship situation and excess expectations, different thinking, gender differences which are sub
dimensions of IRRBI and religious values, communication, friend relationships, family relationships sub
dimensions of PRAS predicts relationship satisfaction signifi cantly.


Keywords: irrational beliefs related with romantic relationship, premarital relationship assessment, relationship satisfaction, university students