Romantic relationships during emerging and early adulthood: how do graduation and marriage affect romantic relationship quality

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Abstract

Romantic relationship partners encounter numerous events along their relationship development. In addition, the transition to adulthood is marked by many life events for emerging adult partners (finishing school, entering the job market, leaving the parental home, etc.). Obtaining one’s Master degree is a normative and individual event, because it is expected and it involves one partner of the relationship. It is the first step in the process that will end up with the entrance in the job market and the acquisition of financial independence from one’s parents (Arnett, 2000). Marriage usually happens towards the end of emerging adulthood in Italy and reflects the ability to take care of a new family and of children, criteria that stand at the top for adulthood, especially in Mediterranean countries (Crocetti & Tagliabue, 2016). Marriage is also a normative event, but, unlike graduation, is a shared, dyadic event that involves both partners. The aim of this research was to examine whether and how those two normative events affect partners’ romantic relationship. Two longitudinal samples were collected. The first was composed of 149 emerging adults in a stable romantic relationship that filled in a questionnaire just before and around 10 months after graduation. Second, questionnaire data were collected from 114 early adult couples 6 months before and 12 months after marriage. We will compare emerging adult and engaged partners’ romantic relationship quality and functioning before and after graduation as well as before and after marriage. Analyses are in progress.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteInternational Association for Relationship Research (IARR) conference
Pagine20
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016
EventoInternational Association for Relationship Research (IARR) conference - Toronto
Durata: 20 lug 201624 lug 2016

Convegno

ConvegnoInternational Association for Relationship Research (IARR) conference
CittàToronto
Periodo20/7/1624/7/16

Keywords

  • emerging adulhood
  • relationship quality

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