The diversity of romantic pathways during emerging adulthood and their developmental antecedents

Shmuel Shulman, Inge Seiffge-Krenke, Miri Scharf, Shira Bezalel Boiangiu, Valerya Tregubenko

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The present study examined patterns of romantic pathways in 100 Israeli emerging adults (54 males) who were followed from age 22 to 29 years. Analyses of interviews at age 29 yielded four distinctive romantic pathways differing in stability and ability to learn from romantic experiences: Sporadic, Lengthy Relationships but Absence of Experiential Learning, Moving from Casual to Steady Involvements, and Steady Relationships. Low efficacy, immature dependency, and level of maternal support measured 7 years earlier, predicted less optimal romantic pathways; Sporadic, and Lengthy relationships but absence of experiential learning. Distinctive gender pathways suggested that men are more likely to embark on a sporadic romantic pathway, while women tend more to prefer a stable romantic pathway. Findings of the study suggest that gender, intrapersonal capabilities, and maternal support can predict the pattern of the romantic pathway on which young people embark during their twenties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018

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  • commitment
  • emerging adults
  • gender differences
  • intimate relationships
  • romantic pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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