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Inge Seiffge-Krenke & Shmuel Shulman

In: Relationship Pathways: From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Chapter 8: Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence

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Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships across the Transition into Adolescence
Transformations in heterosexual romantic relationships across the transition into adolescence
IngeSeiffge-KrenkeShmuelShulman

For a long time, romantic relations during adolescence have been ignored by researchers. The first book on this issue was published in 1999 (Furman, Brown, & Feiring, 1999). Since then, theories on romantic development have been developed, and numerous studies were conducted (see Collins, Welsh, & Furman, 2009, for a review), including various methods such as interviews, questionnaires, observations of couple interactions, and longitudinal studies, which studied romantic couples over an extended time span. Once considered to be trivial and transitory, romantic relationships have become increasingly regarded as potentially meaningful relationships that have a significant impact on subsequent romantic relationships in adulthood (Gottman, Coan, Carrere, & ...

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