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This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.

Chapter 9: Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood: “Meet Me at the Bleachers … I Mean the Bar”

Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships across the Transition into Adulthood: “Meet Me at the Bleachers … I Mean the Bar”
Transformations in heterosexual romantic relationships across the transition into adulthood: “Meet me at the bleachers … i mean the bar”
WyndolFurmanJessica K.Winkles

One of the most striking differences between adolescence and early adulthood is the change in romantic relationships. In most Western cultures, romantic relationships first appear in adolescence, but they become increasingly interdependent and committed in early adulthood. In the present chapter, we review the theories and existing empirical literature on changes in heterosexual romantic relationships and experiences from adolescence to early adulthood, and outline directions for subsequent research.

For the sake of brevity, we use the term romantic relationships, but we are primarily referring to ...

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