Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Young Adult Union Formation

Ann Meier, Gina Allen & Christina Falci
Life course sociologists and developmental psychologists assert that adolescent romantic relationships further the developmental goal of providing “practice” for romantic relationships in adulthood. Yet, we know little about how patterns of romantic involvement in adolescence translate into young adult relationships. This paper examines the role of adolescents’ romantic relationship experience on young adult unions. Using three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we identify adolescent romantic relationship trajectories. First, we investigate how...
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