Participants also completed the SOCRS questionnaire.
In Study 2, we sought to replicate the factor structure of the SOCRS using a new sample of participants.
The follow-up assessment consisted of the 20-item SOCRS measure so that stage changes between baseline and follow-up could be assessed.
Additional descriptive results showed significant changes in stage of change on the SOCRS from baseline (M = 1.
Pearson product-moment correlations between concurrent assessments of the IMS and the SOCRS were statistically significant for all IMS subscales.
Results showed that SOCRS scores at baseline predicted whether participants stayed with or left their partner at follow-up (Wald = 0.
In Study 2, we sought to further establish the SOCRS factor structure by conducting three CFAs.
The results of Study 1 revealed that the 83-item version of the SOCRS evidenced good model fit, but it was too lengthy and not a practical assessment to administer in counseling settings.
Additional results revealed significant changes in stage of change on the SOCRS from baseline to follow-up for individuals who reported still being in their initial relationship, t(233) = -2.
The primary implication of the study is that the SOCRS provides evidence of the existence of distinct stages in the decision-making process.
Future research on the SOCRS measure should explore how its use in college students' dating relationships may affect their functioning in future romantic relationships.