This study examines how finances impact romantic relationships with a specific focus on how couples communicate and manage their finances together throughout their entire relationship. Previous evidence on this subject shows that topics such as financial stress, financial infidelity, financial security, and economic crises have a massive impact on how romantic relationships function in a multitude of ways including the human fertility rate, marriage and divorce rates, human mate preferences, and cohabitation. The relationship between marriage and financial security has changed drastically throughout history, with marriage moving from a necessity for survival, power, and wealth to more recently an optional arrangement between partners. There was also a strong emphasis on gaining financial security and earning a higher education. To analyze just how much of it impact it might have on the newer generation, subjects in this study were asked a set of questions relating to the positive and negative financial experiences someone in a romantic relationship might have experienced. While it might be seen as taboo or uncomfortable to talk about finances with one’s romantic partner, it is strongly suggested to do so. Doing so will lessen the chance of financial infidelity, stress, and/or arguments and foster a stronger and healthier relationship.
Semester/Year of Award
Mentor Department Affiliation
Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology
Restricted Access Thesis
Department Name when Degree Awarded
Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Mains, Maya, "For Richer, For Poorer: How Finances Impact Romantic Relationships" (2022). Honors Theses. 884.