Future time orientation and relationships with the opposite sex

Oner B.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, vol.134, no.3, pp.306-314, 2000 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 134 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00223980009598234
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.306-314


This study is an examination of future time orientation (FTO) and relationship satisfaction. Undergraduate students (N = 244) from Middle East Technical University were given a general FTO scale developed by T. Gjesme (1979) and a scale developed by this study's researcher to measure FTO in terms of romantic relationships. Participants were asked to rate their relationship satisfaction on a 9-point Likert-type scale. Although a general FTO was adaptive in terms of romantic relationships, a high concern for future commitment to a romantic relationship had a negative effect on reported relationship satisfaction. Research implications and suggestions for future studies are discussed.