- The development of romantic relationships in adolescence
Author: Furman, W., Brown, B. B., & Feiring, C. (Eds.)
Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press
ABSTRACT: (from the jacket) Examines adolescent romantic relationships. This volume covers the full range of aspects of romantic relationships and examines general processes and individual differences within the general context of adolescent development.
- Relationships as developmental contexts. The Minnesota symposia on child psychology, Vol. 30
Author: Collins, A. W., & Laursen, B. (Eds.)
Publisher: Mahwah, NJ; Lawrence Erlbaurm
ABSTRACT: (from the preface) This volume honors Willard W. Hartup's legacy by advancing the conceptual underpinnings of research on relationships in developmental perspective and presenting new research findings that advance knowledge in that area.
- Advice from youth: Some lessons from the study of adolescent relationships
Author: Furman, W., & Simon, V. A.
Journal: Journal of Social & Personal Relationships Volume: 15
ABSTRACT: Our research program has focused on middle school and high school adolescents' social networks and more recently on adolescents' romantic relationships. The adolescents in our studies have taught us a number of lessons about studying personal relationships. We use examples from our research to illustrate these lessons and discuss their implications for studying adult, as well as adolescent, relationships. In particular, adolescents have taught us to recognize the multileveled nature of networks and to distinguish among the interactional, dyadic relationship, group and overall levels of networks. The diversity of adolescent relationships presents researchers with the methodological and conceptual challenge of identifying and taking into account the similarities and differences among relationships. Research with adolescents also makes one appreciate the developmental transformations that relationships undergo. We describe changes in the absolute level and relative level of characteristics, the stability and centrality of characteristics, and their structure. We discuss implications of the idea that development occurs at the individual level, and distinguish between developmental trajectories and the timing of such trajectories.
- Early adolescent peer orientation and adjustment during high school
Author: Fuligni, A. J., Eccles, J. S., Barber, B. L., & Clements, P.
Journal: Developmental Psychology Volume: 37
ABSTRACT: The long-term consequences of early adolescents' orientation toward peers for their adjustment during high school were assessed. Approximately 1,200 adolescents completed questionnaires in the 7th grade and in the 10th or 12th grades; course grades were also obtained from the students' school records. Early adolescents who were willing to sacrifice their talents, school performance, and parents' rules engaged in greater problem behavior and evidenced lower academic achievement than did other adolescents during high school. The poorer adjustment of adolescents with this extreme orientation toward peers was mediated by their reported involvement in deviant peer groups. In contrast, a tendency to seek advice from peers more than from parents during early adolescence had little implication for later adjustment. Discussion focuses on the need to consider the role of peer dependence along with the effects of supportive friendships during adolescence.