Changes in rejection sensitivity across adolescence and emerging adulthood: Associations with relationship involvement, quality, and coping

Jerika C. Norona, Valerya Tregubenko, Shira Bezalel Boiangiu, Gil Levy, Miri Scharf, Deborah P. Welsh, Shmuel Shulman

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Abstract

Using a sample of 110 Israeli youth (72% female), the present study investigates associations between initial levels of rejection sensitivity as well as changes in rejection sensitivity from age 16 to age 23 and relationship involvement, quality, and (growth following) coping with relationship stress. Results showed that rejection sensitivity generally decreased over time into the transition to adulthood. Furthermore, levels of rejection sensitivity at age 16 predicted whether young people were romantically involved by age 23, as well as the quality of their relationships. Yet, the change in level of rejection sensitivity over time explained far more the quality of later romantic relationships and competence in coping with relationship stress than the initial level of rejection sensitivity. These findings have important implications for examining the role of changes in personality attributes such as rejection sensitivity in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume63
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Israeli Ministry of Health - Grant # 6412/12 and the Ben Dov Chair in Youth Psychology given to Shmuel Shulman.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Rejection sensitivity
  • Romantic relationships
  • Transition to adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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