Beyond the breakup: Heterosexual and homosexual post‐dissolutional relationships

Pamela J. Lannutti, Kenzie A Cameron

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Although most romantic relationships will dissolve, few studies have examined the relationship formed between dating partners after their romance terminates. This study examines the post‐dissolutional relationships experienced by participants who were involved in same‐sex (N = 298) and opposite‐sex (N = 272) romantic relationships. The degrees to which ex‐partners experience interpersonal contact, emotional and sexual intimacy, and satisfaction in their post‐dissolutional relationships was examined. Further, two types of influences on post‐dissolutional relationship qualities were investigated. Variables that originated within the dyad or individuals (personal) had a stronger influence on relationship qualities than did variables that originated from the dyad's environment (structural). The importance of understanding post‐dissolutional relationships and future research suggestions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-170
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Interpersonal contact
  • Intimacy
  • Post‐dissolutional relationships
  • Relational termination
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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