This is a talk given by Professor Scott Stanley of the University of Denver, Colorado, to the Chi Alpha group at the University of Virginia in February this year. Dr. Stanley is introduced by Dr. Brad Wilcox. The talk was sponsored by The National Marriage Project, and although it is long — an hour plus questions — it’s a thorough and engaging coverage of the science supporting marital commitment.




Professor Stanley is a research professor who conducts studies on marriage and romantic relationships. Along with my colleagues, I also develop materials to help people in their relationships based on the best social science possible. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, I have written or co-written a number of books, including The Power of Commitment, 12 Hours to a Great Marriage, Fighting for Your Marriage, and A Lasting Promise. 

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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet