CitationSorgi, Ashley; Chen, Ping; Dean, Sarah Catherine; Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (2016). Characteristics of Young Adult Relationships: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
AbstractMuch has been written about the delayed timing of many events that mark the transition to young adulthood in developed countries. This historical change is especially important for romantic partnerships because the type and the choices made within these relationships can have a lasting impact on adult health and well-being. The relationship context involving closeness, trust, concurrent partners and even violence varies across relationship types. Moreover, the quality and diversity of these relationships shape trajectories for psychosocial well-being and future relationship quality. In this research brief, we describe the demographic patterns and quality of contemporary young adult relationships and address the following three questions: 1. What types of romantic relationships do young adults have, and how many are not currently in a relationship? 2. What are the demographic characteristics, in terms of gender, age differences, and race/ethnicity, of these relationships? 3. What is the quality of different types of young adult relationships, as indicated by relationship closeness, concurrent partners, and intimate partner violence?
Keyword(s)transition to adulthood
Book TitleAdd Health Research Brief
Dean, Sarah Catherine
Halpern, Carolyn Tucker
Harris, Kathleen Mullan