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  • Biographical Sketch: An introduction to the PAIR Project, with information about its sample and design
  • Team Memories: A collection of anecdotes from PAIR Project staff members



  • Methods: A sketch of the overall conceptualization of PAIR Project data collection, and some of the steps we take to ensure high-quality data.
    • Studying Interdependence in Marriage: Briefly outlines conceptual and methodological issues we consider when assessing interdependence in marriage.
    • Temporal Issues: Lays forth several issues for researchers to consider as they attempt to conceptualize causal relationships.
    • Maintaining a Longitudinal Sample: Discusses how to gain and maintain respondents' commitment to the project, and how to track people down after several years have passed.
  • Quantitative Data
  • Qualitative Data:
    • 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.
  • Results
    • Abstracts: Browse the PAIR Project Abstracts to find summaries of each grant and paper produced by the Project.
    • Findings: The Findings are organized by topic; within each topical area, we present the main PAIR Project results for that area. Each finding is cross-linked to the abstract of its parent paper.

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