Reciprocal Relations between Emerging Adults’ Representations of Relationships with Mothers, Fathers, and Romantic Partners

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Abstract

This study employed a fully cross-lagged, longitudinal model to examine reciprocal relations between representations of relationships with parents and romantic partners at ages 20 and 22. Representations were assessed with continuous measures of dismissing/avoidant and preoccupied relationship styles across the attachment and affiliation systems for parents, and across the attachment, affiliation, and caregiving systems for romantic partners. Earlier relationships with both mothers and fathers independently predicted changes in later views of romantic relationships, and earlier romantic relationships predicted changes in later views of relationships with both mothers and fathers. This evidence of a developmental system of interconnected representations across relationships has theoretical implications about the nature of working models, and practical implications alerting parents to the onset of dating as a potentially fertile context for changes in their relationships with children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-821
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Emerging Adults
  • Father–Child Relationships
  • Internal Working Models
  • Reciprocal Effects
  • Romantic Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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