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PAIR Project Qualitative Data

The links below provide information on the PAIR Project's qualitative data collection methods, and include some excerpts of actual couple interviews.

Case Studies
Our case studies, primarily written by graduate students, integrate an individual couple's quantitative data with qualitative interview material to create a nuanced portrait of the couple's life together.
Courtship Narratives
When PAIR couples were newlyweds, we asked them to tell the story of their courtship. This document explains the structured intervew technique we used, and provides excerpts of narratives gathered from couples who divorced before their second wedding anniversary.
Life Events Timeline
At Phases One, Two, and Three, spouses indicated any major life events that they or their partner had experienced, when the event occurred, and provided any comments they may have had on the situation.
Domain Satisfaction
After rating their satisfaction with nine different areas of their marriage, spouses explained the reasons behind their rating.
Interviewer Observations
After each face-to-face interview, each researcher recorded their thoughts and feelings about the couple they had just interviewed.
Processes of Divorce
Thirteen years after our couples were married, we conducted a structured interview with those individuals who had divorced, gathering their impressions about the pathway that led them to divorce.
Miscellaneous Qualitative Information
In addition to the data gathered systematically from all respondents, some individuals chose to provide additional personal information.

The PAIR Project at the University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator, Ted L. Huston
Page last modified: 15 January 2002