Texas Tech University

Human Development and Family Studies

SMITTEN Lab

Studying Maturation, Interpersonal Transitions, Theory, and Emotions in Newlyweds

DISILLUSIONMENT SCALE

11-Item Marital Disillusionment Scale

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Lee, K. H. (2013). Disillusionment in cohabiting and married couples: A national study. Journal of Family Issues, 1-23. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13498594



GRANT PROJECT: Niehuis, S. (PI), Reifman, A. (Co-PI), and Lee, K. H. (Co-PI). Proposal to Administer the Marital Disillusionment Scale in the NCFMR/Knowledge Networks Panel Survey. National Center for Family & Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University. Awarded (2010).

Publications

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Lee, K. H. (2013). Disillusionment in cohabiting and married couples: A national study. Journal of Family Issues, 1-23. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13498594 Access Abstract Here

Presentations

Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (2012, July). Seeking the ideal way to measure idealization of one's partner and relationship. Paper presented at the International Association for Relationship Research conference, Chicago, IL.

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Lee, K. H. (2011, August). Advances in measuring relationship disillusionment: Extension beyond marriage to cohabiting relationships, and national norms. Paper presented at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research Pilot Data Conference: Married and Cohabiting Couples, Bowling Green, OH.



GRANT PROJECT: Niehuis, S. (PI). Decision-Making Processes in Premarital and Marital Relationships. Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University. Funded (2007-2009).

Publications

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A. S., Fischer, J. L., & Lee, K.-H.* (2016). Do episodic self- and partner-uncertainty mediate the association between attachment orientations and emotional responses to relationship-threatening events in dating couples? Cognition and Emotion, 30, 1232-1245. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1050999

Lee, K. H., Swenson, A., & Niehuis, S. (2010). His or her parents? Perceived parental approval of romantic relationships among college students and their partners. Interpersonal: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 4(2), 213-236. Access Abstract Here

Presentations

Yuan, S., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (April, 2015). A dyadic exploration of adult attachment, communication, and relationship satisfaction. Poster presented at the Annual TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Lee, K. H., Niehuis, S., Reifman, A. S., & Hunsaker, S. (2008, November). Uncertainty in dating: The role of attachment anxiety and avoidance. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relation, Little Rock, AR.



GRANT PROJECT: Niehuis, S. (PI). The Development of Commitment to Marriage in Hispanic Newlywed Couples. Faculty Diversity Development Award. Office of Institutional Diversity and the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, Texas Tech University. Funded (2008-2009).

Manuscripts in preparation

Niehuis, S. & Reifman, A. (in prep.). Invisible support in marriage.

Ireland, M. & Niehuis, S. (in prep.). Language, personality perception, and courtships.

Niehuis, S., & Ireland, M. (in prep.). Shared language and shared reality.

Oldham, C. R. (submitted). The Relative Timing of Sex, Love, and Commitment: Testing Sexual Script Theory among Newlywed Couples.Proposed Master's thesis.

Wood, W., Oldham, C. R., Niehuis, S. (submitted). What Predicts How Accurately Spouses Perceive One Another's Personality? A Test of the Realistic Accuracy Model. Manuscript in preparation.

Presentations

Ginste, K., Parrales, O., Oldham, R. C., Yuan, S., Ireland, M., & Niehuis, S. (August, 2016). Mechanisms of how gender-specific communication behaviors elicit verbal responses in newlywed spouses' courtship narratives. Poster presented at the GROVES Conference on Marriage and Family, Denver, CO.

Niehuis, S., Ireland, M., Reifman, A., Oldham, C. R., Yuan, S., Ginste, K., , A., Parrales, O., Clay, C., Dehn, J., & Dabbakeh, N. (July 2016). "Shared realities" during courtship: Subtypes, linguistics, and contextual correlates. Symposium paper to be presented at the International Association for Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.

Reifman, A., Niehuis, S., & Oldham, C. R. (May 2016). Seeking a Locally Representative Hispanic Newlywed Sample: A Case Study. Poster to be presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research National Conference, Austin, TX.

Dabbakeh, N., Ireland, M., Oldham, C. R., & Niehuis, S. (April 2016). Language style matching in separate courtship interviews reflects less avoidance and disengagement in newlywed couples. Poster to be presented at the Texas Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Plano, TX.

Oldham, C.R., Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Weiser, D. (April 2016). Predicting couples' timing of sex using ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic clusters. Poster presented at the Annual Texas Tech University Graduate Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Ginste, K., Parrales, O., Oldham, R. C., Yuan, S., Ireland, M., & Niehuis, S. (March 2016). Mechanisms of how gender-specific communication behaviors elicit verbal responses in newlywed spouses' courtship narratives. Poster to be presented at the Annual TTU Undergraduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Parrales, O., Yuan, S., Oldham, R. C., Ginste, K., & Niehuis, S. (March review). Perceived conflict resolution as a mechanism explaining the link between spouses' financial strain and their satisfaction in marriage. Poster to be presented at the Annual TTU Undergraduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Oldham, C. R., Yuan, S., Lindsey, J., Barron, K., Ginste, K., Ozpolat, A., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (November, 2015). The use of self- versus partner-reports in the actor-partner interdependence model. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC: Canada.

Parrales, O., Yuan, S., Oldham, C. R., Ginste, K., & Niehuis, S. (October, 2015). Conflict resolution as a mediator of the relationship between financial strain and marital satisfaction. Poster presented at the Healthy Families Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Ginste, K., Yuan, S., Parrales, O., Oldham, C. R., & Niehuis, S. (October, 2015). Financial hardship and self-esteem as predictors of depression among Caucasian and Hispanic married couples in Lubbock. Poster presented at the Healthy Families Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Yuan, S., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (April, 2015). A dyadic exploration of adult attachment, communication, and relationship satisfaction. Poster presented at the Annual TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Ireland, M., Niehuis, S., Oldham, C. R., Baird, H., & Wood, W. (2014, November). Shared language and memories reflect marital quality and conflict. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Wood, W., Niehuis, S., & Oldham, C. R. (April 3, 2014). Predicting newlywed accuracy of spouse personality. Poster presented at the Texas Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

Wood, W., Oldham, C. R., & Niehuis, S. (2014, April). What predicts how accurately spouses perceive one another's personality? A test of Realistic Accuracy Model. Poster to be presented at the Annual TTU Undergraduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Oldham, C. R. (2014, March). Do Hispanic acculturation and religion predict the relative timing of sex, love, and commitment? Paper presentation at the Texas Tech Changing the Face of the Academy: Diversity in Action Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Oldham, C. R., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (2013, March). Demographics, family-of-origin, relationship history, and religion as predictors of sexual tempo. Poster presented at the Eleventh Annual TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Oldham, C. R., Reifman A., & Niehuis, S. (2013, November). Predictors of sexual tempo: A survival analysis. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (2013, November). Invisible Support, Stress, and Marital Satisfaction: A Dyadic Analysis. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Lee, K. H., Niehuis, S., & Reifman, A. (2011, March). Relational uncertainty in dating relationships: The role of attachment anxiety and avoidance. Poster presented at the Tenth Annual TTU Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Chester, M., Lee, K. H., & Niehuis, S. (2011, April). Cohabitation and disillusionment among newlywed Hispanic couples. Poster presented at the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Smith, C., Lee, K. H., & Niehuis, S. (2011, April). The effects of children on marital quality among Hispanic newlywed couples. Poster presented at the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Lee, K. H., Reifman, A., Roets, A., Baird, Smith, C., & Niehuis, S. (2010, November). Idealization and disillusionment vs. marital (dis)satisfaction - Different concepts? Poster symposium presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.



OTHER, SELECTED, PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Busby, D., Boden, J. S.*, Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Fitzpatrick, J. (in press, published online in 2015). Predicting partner enhancement in marital relationships: The family of origin, attachment, and social network approval. Journal of Family Issues.

Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (2015). Pollsters' cell-phone proportions and accuracy in 2014 Senate races. Survey Practice.

Fischer, J. L., Fredrick, H., Niehuis, S., Sollie, D., Engler, R., Corwin, M., Herbert, R., SoRelle, D., Lutz, A., & Schrick, B. (2014). Cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of well-being: invariance across 25 years. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 350-365. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.902491

Oldham, C. R., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (in prep.). Opening the black box of attachment-style partner effects. Manuscript in preparation.

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Feng, D., & Huston, T. (2016). Courtship progression rate and declines in expressed affection early in marriage: A test of the disillusionment model. Journal of Family Issues, 37, 1074-1100. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14540159

Wiersma, J. D., Fischer, J. L., Cleveland, H. H., Reifman, A., & Harris, K. (2011). Selection and socialization of drinking among young adult dating, cohabiting, and married partners. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 182-200. Access Here.

Niehuis, S., Lee, K. H., Reifman, A., Swenson, A., & Hunsaker, S. (2011). Idealization and disillusionment: A review of theory, method, and research. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 3, 273-302. doi 10.1111/j.1756-2589.2011.00100.x Access Abstract Here

Boden, J., Fischer, J. L., & Niehuis, S. (2010). Predicting marital adjustment from young adults' initial levels and changes in emotional intimacy over time: A 25-year longitudinal study.  Journal of Adult Development, 17(3), 121-134. doi 10.1007/s10804-009-9078-7 (Published online 25 August 2009) Access Abstract Here

Fitzpatrick, J., Sharp, E.A., & Reifman, A. (2009).  Midlife singles' willingness to date partners with heterogeneous characteristics. Family Relations, 58, 121-133. Access Here.

Busby, D. M., Holman, T. B., & Niehuis, S. (2009). The association between partner enhancement and self-enhancement and relationship quality outcomes. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 449-464. doi 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00612.x Access Abstract Here

Higginbotham, B., Miller, J., & Niehuis, S. (2009). Remarriage preparation: Usage, perceived helpfulness, and dyadic adjustment. Family Relations, 58, 316-329. doi 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2009.00555.x Access Abstract Here

Ogolsky, B., Niehuis, S., & Ridley, C. (2009). Using online methods and designs to conduct research on personal relationships. Marriage and Family Review, 45(6), 610-628. doi 10.1080/01494920903224202 Access Abstract Here

Miller, P., Niehuis, S., & Huston, T. L. (2006). Positive illusions in marital relationships: A 13-year longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32(12), 1-16. doi 10.1177/0146167206292691 Access Abstract Here

Niehuis, S., Huston, T. L., & Rosenband, R. (2006). From courtship to marriage: A new developmental model and methodological critique.Journal of Family Communication, 6, 23-47. doi 10.1207/s15327698jfc0601_3 Access Abstract Here

Huston, T. L., Niehuis, S., & Smith, S. E. (2001). The early marital roots of conjugal distress and divorce. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10(4), 116-119. doi: 10.1111/1467-8721.00129 Access Abstract Here

Huston, T. L., Niehuis, S., & Smith, S. E. (2000). Courtship and the newlywed years: What they tell us about the future of a marriage. Revista de Psicologia Social y Personalidad, 16(2), 155-178. Access Abstract Here



Book Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries, and Other Non-Peer Reviewed Publications.

Reifman, A., Oblad, T.*, & Niehuis, S. (in press). Long-term psychological health among individuals pursuing emerging adulthood-type pathways in the 1950s and 1960s. Journal of Adult Development.

Oldham, R., Lindsey, J., & Niehuis, S. (in press). Doing gender. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender (pp.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Yuan, S., Lindsey, J., & Niehuis, S. (in prep.). Lesbians and romantic relationships. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of psychology and gender (pp.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Weiser, D. A., & Niehuis, S. (2014). A call to study relationship initiation and early dating. NCFR Report, 59(4), F3-F4.

Oldham, C. R., & Niehuis, S. (2014). Hooking up. In M. Coleman, & L. Ganong (Eds.), The social history of the American family: An encyclopedia. (Vol. 8, pp. 696-697). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452286143.n292 Access Entry Here

Oldham, C. R. & Niehuis, S. (2014). (2014). PREP program. In M. Coleman, & L. Ganong (Eds.), The social history of the American family: An encyclopedia. (Vol. 16, pp. 1074-1076). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452286143.n432 Access Entry Here

Fischer, J., Boden J. S., & Niehuis, S. (2014). Marital Adjustment over 25 Years. In A. C.  Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 3779-3782). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5 Access Entry Here

Niehuis, S., Lee, K. H., & Oblad, T. (2013). Cohabitation before marriage. In R. E. Emery & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia (pp. 276-280). Sage Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781452274447.n101 Access Entry Here

Niehuis, S., & Lee, K. H. (2013). Age at marriage. In R. E. Emery & G. J. Golson (Eds.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia (pp. 54-57). Sage Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781452274447.n18 Access Entry Here

Reifman, A. (2014). Dr. Ruth. In M. J. Coleman & L. H. Ganong (Eds.), The social history of the American family: An encyclopedia (387-388). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Access Here.

Reifman, A. (2013). Waiting period. In R. E. Emery (Ed.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia (pp. 1275-1277). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Access Here.

Reifman, A. (2011). Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood: Conceptual foundations. In F. D. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 15-26). New York: Cambridge University Press. Access Here.

Niehuis, S., & Lee, K. H. (2009). Disillusionment in marriage. In H. T. Reis & S. K. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (pp. 430-432).Sage Publications. Access Entry Here

Niehuis, S., & Boden, J. (2009). Idealization. In H. T. Reis & S. K. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human relationships (pp. 823-826).Sage Publications. Access Entry Here

Niehuis, S. (2008). Dating and courtship. In J. T. Sears (Ed.), The Greenwood encyclopedia of love, courtship, and sexuality through history, Vol. 6: The modern world (pp. 57-60). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Book Found Here



OTHER RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS FROM THE LAB

Reifman, A., Niehuis, S., Oldham, C. R., *Takano, M., *Ginste, K. & Baird, R. H. (November 2017). Expectations vs. reality: Do discrepancies spur relationship disillusionment? Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., Fouladi, M., & Oldham, C. R. (November 2017). Developing a measure of couples' shared reality. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Fouladi, M., Oldham, C. R., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (March 2017). Developing a Measure of Shared Reality. Poster presented at the annual TTU Graduate Research Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Al-Khalil, K., Reifman, A., Niehuis, S., Oldham, R., Fang, D., & O'Boyle, M. (March 2017). FMRI correlates of romantic relationship disillusionment. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Texas Council on Family Relationships, Austin, TX.

Jordan, R., Fischer, J., Niehuis, S., & Scott, J. (November, 2016). The impact of parental drinking on well-being: The role of sibling love. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Arias, V. S., Punyanunt-Carter, N., Flora, J., Niehuis, S., & Weiser, D. (November, 2016). Analyzing the relationships among college students' tinder usage, relationship expectations, communication motives, and communication apprehension. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Reifman, A., Niehuis, S., Baird, R. H., Ginste, K., & Oldham, C. R. (November, 2016). Longitudinal validation of the Relationship Disillusionment Scale. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Oldham, R. C.*, Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Weiser, D. (November, 2016). Predicting the timing of sex in relationships using discriminant analysis. Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Reifman, A., Niehuis, S., Oldham, R., Fan, D., & O'Boyle, M. (under review). fMRI correlates of romantic relationship disillusionment. Poster to be presented at the International Association for Relationship Research, Toronto, Canada.

Engler, R., Fischer, J., & Niehuis, S. (November, 2015). Does it matter if I love or fight with you? A longitudinal sibling study. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC: Canada.

Reifman, A., Fang, D., Fitzpatrick, J., Gregersen, L., Harris, J., Henderson, D., Lieway, M., Niehuis, S., Oldham, C. R., Scott, J. P., & Yuan, S. (November, 2015). Ranking HDFS departments: A look at publication statistics. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC: Canada.

Oldham, C. R., Noriega, I., Baird, H., Niehuis, S., Wood, W., Ireland, M. (2014). Mentoring undergraduate research in the social sciences. Roundtable to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Oldham, C.R., Reifman, A., & Niehuis. S. (March, 2014). Partner effects in romantic attachment research: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the annual Texas Tech University Graduate Poster Competition, Lubbock, TX.

Reifman, A., Oldham, C. R., & Niehuis, S. (November, 2013). Opening the black box of attachment-style partner effects. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Lee, K. H., Niehuis, S., Roets, A., Hunsaker, S., & Reifman, A. (2009, November). Idealization and disillusionment: A review of theory, method, and research. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Roets, A., Reifman, A., & Niehuis, S. (2009, June). Research on diverse family forms: Historical trends in empirical JMF articles. Paper presented at the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, Chapel Hill, NC.

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