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The contribution of relationship experiences to adolescent romantic relationship outcomes




McElwain, Alyssa

Type of Degree



Human Development and Family Studies


This research focused on the role of relationship experiences in adolescent romantic relationships using both basic and applied approaches. Research questions are guided by life course and social cognitive theories which support the examination of close personal relationships and their links to individual development. Results indicate that parents are in some ways influential in adolescent romantic relationships, for both relationship quality and interventions aiming to improve romantic relationship knowledge and skills. Additionally, adolescents’ perceptions and beliefs are shaped to some extent by their relationships with parents and dating partners.