This study examined intimacy levels between individuals in long-distance relationships and those who are in geographically close relationships. Intimacy was broken down into three subcategories: Commitment, Togetherness and Satisfaction in the relationship. It was hypothesized that individuals in long-distance relationships would have higher intimacy levels in all three subcategories than those who are not. The participants were young adults aged 18-25. They were given an online survey and answered questions, which measured intimacy in regards to the three subcategories. An independent sample t-test revealed that there was no significant difference between those who lived close and those in a long-distance relationship on any of the subcategories of intimacy. This study provides potential implications for therapy sessions with couples.
Peterson, Kelsey K.
"Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Do Long-Distance Relationships Have an Effect on Levels of Intimacy in Romantic Relationships?,"
Vol. 8, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/globaltides/vol8/iss1/8