Romantic Relationships

  • Richard A. Young
  • Sheila K. Marshall
  • Ladislav Valach
  • José F. Domene
  • Matthew D. Graham
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait


In contemporary society, many individuals begin dating or engaging in other forms of romantic relationships in adolescence and enter adulthood with some experience in this area of life (e.g., Abraham, 2002; Carver, Joyner, & Udry, 2003; De Valk & Liefbroer, 2007; Meier & Allen, 2009). Nevertheless, entry into a committed, theoretically permanent romantic relationship in the form of marriage has traditionally been viewed as one of the markers of becoming an adult (Shanahan, 2000). Thus, the issue of romantic relationships is salient to the transition to adulthood. It is important to understand the nature and characteristics of these relationships during the transition to adulthood period.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Young
    • 1
  • Sheila K. Marshall
    • 2
  • Ladislav Valach
    • 3
  • José F. Domene
    • 4
  • Matthew D. Graham
    • 5
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Educational, Counselling Psychology and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of Social Work, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.BremgartenSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  5. 5.Orion HealthSurreyCanada
  6. 6.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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