The Intergenerational Transmission of Adolescent Romantic Relationships

Shmuel Shulman, Miri Scharf, Lital Shachar-Shapira

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This chapter examines how parents' own romantic experiences as adolescents serve as models for the way they address their adolescent offspring's romance and sexuality and how this, in turn, shapes adolescent romantic behavior. In particular, emerging adolescent romantic interests and activities can reawaken parents' own relationship difficulties and doubts from the past and set the stage for their current parenting. These linkages are examined within a broader conceptual framework, influenced by attachment and psychoanalytic perspectives, that attempts to understand the dynamics of intergenerational transmission of parenting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescence and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationFamily Processes and Development
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199932443
ISBN (Print)9780199736546
StatePublished - 24 May 2012

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Publisher Copyright:
© Oxford University Press, 2014.


  • Adolescence
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Romance
  • Romantic behavior
  • Romantic experiences
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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