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Romantic Relationships in Early Adulthood: Influences of Family, Personality, and Relationship Cognitions
Personal Relationships (2013)
  • April S. Masarik, University of California, Davis
  • Rand D. Conger, University of California, Davis
  • Monica J. Martin, University of California, Davis
  • M. Brent Donnellan, Michigan State University
  • Katherine E. Masyn, Harvard University
  • Frederick O. Lorenz, Iowa State University
Abstract
Two hundred and sixty-five participants and their romantic partners were involved in a prospective, longitudinal, and multimethod study during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Guided by the development of the early adult romantic relationships (DEARR) model (Bryant & Conger, 2002), the research (a) investigated mid-adolescent family experiences and individual differences in personality as predictors of qualities in the early adult romantic union and (b) evaluated the degree to which marital beliefs mediated these associations. Structural equation modeling partially supported the mediating effects of marital beliefs. The findings were generally consistent with the DEARR model, suggesting that it is informative to study early adult romantic relationship functioning within a developmental-contextual framework, while simultaneously considering the unique effects of personality and relationship cognitions.
Publication Date
June, 2013
Citation Information
April S. Masarik, Rand D. Conger, Monica J. Martin, M. Brent Donnellan, et al.. "Romantic Relationships in Early Adulthood: Influences of Family, Personality, and Relationship Cognitions" Personal Relationships Vol. 20 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/april_masarik/3/