But they found significant differences in why people who are dating and those who are married decide to stay in their relationships.
Participants who were dating said they were considering staying based on more positive reasons such as aspects of their partner's personality that they like, emotional intimacy and enjoyment of the relationship.
Couples should also consider how the benefits of that friendship can trickle down to the marriage itself, she said.
Researchers from the University of Utah recruited three samples of people, including people who were in the midst of trying to decide whether to break up or not, to participate in an anonymous survey.
Participants were asked open-ended questions about their specific reasons for both wanting to stay and leave a relationship.
Experts have studied what people are deliberating about and what makes the decision so difficult (stock image)Researchers from the University of Utah gave a questionnaire to a group of people who were trying to decide whether to end a dating relationship or marriage.
Individuals in both dating and married situations gave similar reasons for wanting to leave a relationship.
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