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ERIC Number: EJ820577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Patterns of Interaction in Adolescent Romantic Relationships: Distinct Features and Links to Other Close Relationships
Furman, Wyndol; Shomaker, Lauren B.
Journal of Adolescence, v31 n6 p771-788 Dec 2008
This study examined the similarities and differences between adolescents' interactions with romantic partners and those with friends and mothers. Thirty-two adolescents were observed interacting with a romantic partner, a close friend, and their mother. Adolescents and romantic partners engaged in more conflict than adolescents and friends. Adolescents' affective responsiveness was less positive with romantic partners than with their friends. Additionally, the dyadic positivity was lower in romantic relationships than in friendships. More off-task behavior occurred in romantic relationships than in mother-adolescent relationships. Romantic partners were also less skillful communicators and had lower levels of affective responsiveness than mothers. Adolescents perceived more support and fewer negative interactions in romantic relationships than in relationships with mothers. Consistent with expectations, adolescents' interactions with romantic partners were associated with those with friends and mothers. Thus, romantic relationships are characterized by distinct patterns of interaction, yet also are associated with other close relationships. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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