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Interpersonal relations, Unmarried couples, Marriage, Unmarried couples


Members of married and cohabiting couples change through the course of their relationship. Many familiar activities take on new meanings when performed with an intimate partner, or when performed for the partner's benefit. As the relationship progresses, participants often find that their feelings about themselves and about many things around them have changed.