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Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood

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Part of Advances in Personal Relationships

Frank D. Fincham, Ming Cui, Alan Reifman, Paul R. Amato, Brennan J. Young, Wyndol Furman, Brett Laursen, Robert A. Ackerman, M. Brent Donnellan, Deborah A. Kashy, Rand D. Conger, Frederick O. Lorenz, K. A. S. Wickrama, Camillo Regalia, Margherita Lanz, Semira Tagliabue, Claudia Manzi, Jon K. Maner, Saul L. Miller, Margaret S. Clark, Lindsey A. Beck, Eva S. Lefkowitz, Meghan M. Gillen, Sara A. Vasilenko, Scott M. Stanley, Galena K. Rhoades, Lisa M. Diamond, Christopher P. Fagundes, Joanne Davila, , Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano, Monica A. Longmore, Andrea Hocevar
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107626911

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  • Emerging adulthood – the period between the late teens and mid-twenties – is a unique and important developmental period during which people gain relationship experience before settling on someone to partner with. Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood presents a synthesis of cutting-edge research and theory on this topic. Leading scholars from demography, sociology, family studies, and psychology provide original data and theoretical analyses that address the formation, nature, and significance of romantic relationships in emerging adults. Until recently, it was assumed that romantic relationships in emerging adults were not particularly important or formative. The material presented allows this assumption to be thoroughly evaluated. This volume is intended to be a resource for anyone interested in understanding romantic relationships in emerging adulthood. It is especially appropriate for classroom use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of family sociology, human development and family studies, clinical and developmental psychology, and social work.

    • Brings theory and empirical work together
    • Addresses the methodological issues in studying relationship data
    • Combines empirical study (quantitative and qualitative) and historical/literature overviews (interesting readings about romantic relationships for non-researchers)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This is an essential resource for any scholar interested in the interface between emerging adulthood and interpersonal relationships. It presents cutting-edge theoretical, methodological, and substantive developments regarding how romantic relationships are embedded within the lives of those who are negotiating the adolescence-to-young-adulthood transition. Readers will come away with not only new insights about this topic area, but also with new ideas about how to conceptualize and study relationship development during this period of life.”
    – Mark A. Fine, University of Missouri

    “The contributions that Fincham and Cui have assembled represent a multidisciplinary, rigorous, and insightful examination of the meaning and the functioning of romantic relationships in emerging adulthood. Each of the chapters represents an important scientific contribution in its own right, but as a collection they provide a crucial bridge between the new recognition of emerging adulthood as a distinct life stage and the developing picture of romantic relationships across the lifespan. This volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of human development, interpersonal relationships, and the intersection between the two.”
    – Benjamin R. Karney, University of California, Los Angeles

    “This book integrates scholarship on romantic relationships within emerging adulthood in a comprehensive yet meticulous way. Individually, the chapters are insightful, informative, and innovative. Collectively, they provide an important roadmap to guide future scholarship in this area. Kudos to the editors and the authors for producing a volume with such an impressive scope.”
    – Leanne K. Knobloch, University of Illinois

    "....a major strength of the book is the interdisciplinary expertise represented by the chapter authors, such as in-depth knowledge of psychology, sociology, and family studies.... The book is a serious effort to build relationship science upon a solid foundation of basic research into fundamental psychological processes and principles.... This volume should be of interest to researchers, scholars, and graduate students in the field of romantic relationships. In fact, most chapters are accessible to anyone interested in the field of romantic relationships and emerging adulthood. Considering the dramatic cultural changes in patterns of romantic relationships and the scientific advances represented by this book, Dyas would have interesting reports for both Aphrodite and Hermes."
    – John M. Davis, PsycCRITIQUES

    "....Assuming a position between traditional developmental literature and family literature of adolescence and adulthood, this is an original contribution, providing sound,thorough scholarship elucidating a common but insufficiently discussed phase of development. A valuable resource in psychology, sociology, social work, and family counseling.... Recommended...."
    -D. Sydiaha, emeritus, University of Saskatchewan, CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107626911
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Emerging adulthood and romantic relationships: an introduction Frank D. Fincham and Ming Cui
    Part II. Conceptual and Methodological Foundations:
    2. Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood: conceptual foundations Alan Reifman
    3. Relationship sequences and trajectories: women's family formation pathways in 'emerging adulthood' Paul R. Amato
    4. Models of change and continuity in romantic experiences Brennan J. Young, Wyndol Furman and Brett Laursen
    5. Working with dyadic data in studies of emerging adulthood: specific recommendations, general advice, and practical tips Robert A. Ackerman, M. Brent Donnellan and Deborah A. Kashy
    Part III. The Developmental Context of Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood:
    6. Intergenerational continuities in economic pressure and couple conflict in romantic relationships Rand D. Conger, Ming Cui and Frederick O. Lorenz
    7. Linking parental divorce and marital discord to the timing of emerging adults' marriage and cohabitation Ming Cui, K. A. S. Wickrama, Frederick O. Lorenz and Rand D. Conger
    8. Family differentiation in emerging adulthood: the role of romantic relationships Camillo Regalia, Margherita Lanz, Semira Tagliabue and Claudia Manzi
    Part IV. Relationship Processes in Emerging Adulthood:
    9. The evolution of close relationships: adaptive challenges and relationship cognition in emerging adulthood Jon K. Maner and Saul L. Miller
    10. Initiating and evaluating close relationships: a task central to emerging adults relationship initiation Margaret S. Clark and Lindsey A. Beck
    11. Putting the romance back into sex: sexuality in romantic relationships Eva S. Lefkowitz, Meghan M. Gillen and Sara A. Vasilenko
    12. Understanding romantic relationships among emerging adults: the significant roles of cohabitation and ambiguity Scott M. Stanley, Galena K. Rhoades and Frank D. Fincham
    13. Implications of parasympathetic nervous system functioning for affect regulation and romantic relationships in emerging adulthood Lisa M. Diamond and Christopher P. Fagundes
    Part V. Practical Implications:
    14. Romantic relationships and mental health in emerging adulthood Joanne Davila
    15. Relationship education in emerging adulthood: problems and prospects Frank D. Fincham, Scott M. Stanley and Galena K. Rhoades
    16. Romantic relationships and academic/career trajectories in emerging adulthood Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano, Monica A. Longmore and Andrea Hocevar.

  • Editors

    Frank D. Fincham, Florida State University
    Frank D. Fincham obtained a doctoral degree in social psychology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He then completed postdoctoral training in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University before assuming a position as assistant professor at the University of Illinois, where he ultimately became a professor and the Director of Clinical Training. He was a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo before assuming his current position as Eminent Scholar at The Florida State University. The author of more than 180 publications, his research has been widely recognized by numerous awards, including the Berscheid-Hatfield Award for 'sustained, substantial, and distinguished contributions to the field of personal relationships' from the International Network on Personal Relationships and the President's Award for 'distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge' from the British Psychological Society. A Fellow of five different professional societies, Fincham has been listed among the top 25 psychologists in the world in terms of impact (defined as number of citations per paper).

    Ming Cui, Florida State University
    Ming Cui graduated from Iowa State University with a Ph.D. in sociology and a master's degree in statistics. She has been employed at the University of California, Davis and the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research at Iowa State University. In 2006, she joined the Family and Child Sciences Department at the Florida State University. Cui's research interests include youth development, parenting, interpersonal relationships, and methods and statistics. She has published articles in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Developmental Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In 2002, she received a New Contribution Award from the International Association for Relationship Research. Cui also serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Marriage and Family and is a member of the Rueben Hill Award Committee and a reviewer for many journals.


    Frank D. Fincham, Ming Cui, Alan Reifman, Paul R. Amato, Brennan J. Young, Wyndol Furman, Brett Laursen, Robert A. Ackerman, M. Brent Donnellan, Deborah A. Kashy, Rand D. Conger, Frederick O. Lorenz, K. A. S. Wickrama, Camillo Regalia, Margherita Lanz, Semira Tagliabue, Claudia Manzi, Jon K. Maner, Saul L. Miller, Margaret S. Clark, Lindsey A. Beck, Eva S. Lefkowitz, Meghan M. Gillen, Sara A. Vasilenko, Scott M. Stanley, Galena K. Rhoades, Lisa M. Diamond, Christopher P. Fagundes, Joanne Davila, , Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano, Monica A. Longmore, Andrea Hocevar

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