Enduring Love?

Couple Relationships in the 21st Century

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How lockdown affected our relationships

Professor Gabb talks to Platinum magazine about how couples are managing to sustain or even strengthen their relationships during the pandemic (pp.111-115)

5 July 2021, 14:52

A conversation a day keeps heartbreak away

Research by the OU and University of Brighton shows that technology can play a significant role in improving relationship quality. Our study found that couples who used the Paired app over the course of 3 months saw a significant improvement in communication, emotional connection, conflict management, and comfort in talking about sex issues, and the more couples used the app the better the benefits for their relationship https://www.getpaired.com/oureport.

22 March 2021, 16:00

HuffPost feature, sex and relationships

Why Not Having Sex Can Actually Be Good For Your Relationship, Professor Gabb talks to the Huff Post about why sexual frequency says nothing about the strength of intimacy.

24 November 2020, 11:53

Paired featured in Woman & Home

62% of Brits in relationships aren’t seeking advice: how can this new app help?

12 November 2020, 16:54

Paired app launched

Paired makes the front page of 'The Times' on Saturday (03/10/20), with a 6-page feature



6 October 2020, 15:45
Paired logo

Chief Relationships Officer at Paired

In an exciting development, Professor Gabb is working in collaboration with Paired, a new app that is designed to enhance relationship quality through everyday interactions.

1 September 2020, 17:33
Relationship education

Relationship Education Resources

OU-Brook online relationship information resources for young people and an eLearning teaching pack designed for use in schools as part of sex and relationship education (SRE) curriculum are launched at the House of Commons (13/09/16), in an event hosted by cross-party MPs.

23 September 2016, 16:37
Jacqui Gabb impact award

Impact Award

In recognition of its innovative and wide ranging impact and public engagement activities, the inaugural Evelyn Gillian Research Impact Award (2016) was awarded to Jacqui Gabb at the International CRFR conference in Edinburgh.

23 September 2016, 16:35
Relationship handbook

Relationship Handbook

Findings have been published for a general readership in a self-help handbook, simultaneously serialized by the Daily Mail (1-5/02/2016).

23 September 2016, 16:32
Jacqui Gabb on media

Media coverage

Findings of the Enduring Love? study are presented on BBC World News Channel on 13/01/2014.

23 September 2016, 16:21

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Contact us

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Principal Investigator

Professor Jacqui Gabb

Chair of Sociology and Intimacy



The Open University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences and Global Studies
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes