Comparison of Couples' Normal Life Cycle Development and Intimacy Distance Regulation

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Thomas F. Dietvorst

Second Advisor

Martin Dubin

Third Advisor

Maureen C. Hendricks


Healthy couple relationships, Couple intimacy-distance regulation


When conceptualizing healthy couple relationships, it is tempting to use a simple framework as a panacea. Unfortunately, this desire for simplicity can lead to a narrow and naive perspective. Individuals interact and are influenced by a variety of factors (i.e., various social systems, multiple context memberships, complex interconnecting exchanges, etc.); consequently, it is necessary to guard against an overly narrow interpretation when examining healthy couple interactions. It is the purpose of this paper to develop one aspect of a complex perspective for healthy couple relationships by comparing couple life cycle development with couple intimacy-distance regulation.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


59 pages

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