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Relationship Pathways

Relationship Pathways
From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

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October 2011 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is designed to guide students through the latest developments of theory and research on relationships from adolescence to young adulthood. Unique to this text is a focus on relationship change across middle childhood into adolescence and across late adolescence into early adulthood. Experts on adolescent relationships from across the globe summarize the current state of literature on family and peer relationships, as well as the environmental and genetic factors that influence them. Students will benefit from the comprehensive, rigorous, yet accessible overview of key content; such as what defines the relationship processes, what describes the individual and contextual factors that influence relationships, family relationships, sibling relationships, and parent-child relationships during the transition into adolescence and into young adulthood.

Part 1. Family Relationships
W. Andrew Collins, Jose Causadias, and K. Lee Raby
Chapter 1. Transformations in Close Relationship Networks: Parent-Child Relationships and their Social Extensions
Nancy Galambos and Lauren Kotylak
Chapter 2. Transformations in Parent-Child Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood
Lilly Shanahan, Evelyn Waite, and Timothy Boyd
Chapter 3. Transformation in Sibling Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood
Part 2. Friendships and Friend Networks
Chris Hafen, Brett Laursen, and Dawn DeLay
Chapter 4. Transformations in Friend Relationships Across the Transition into Adolescence
Chong Man Chow, Holly Roelse, Duane Buhrmester, and Marion K. Underwood
Chapter 5. Transformations in Friend Relationships Across the Transition into Adulthood
Barry H. Schneider, Matthew Lee, and Ibis Alvarez Valdivia
Chapter 6. Adolescent Friendship Bonds in Cultures of Connectedness
René Veenstra and Jan Kornelis Dijkstra
Chapter 7. Transformations in Adolescent Peer Networks
Part 3. Romantic Relationships
Inge Seiffge-Krenke and Shmuel Shulman
Chapter 8. Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships Across the Transition into Adolescence
Wyndol Furman and Jessica K. Winkles
Chapter 9. Transformations in Heterosexual Romantic Relationships Across the Transition into Adulthood: "Meet Me at the Bleachers. I Mean the Bar"
Stephen T. Russell, Ryan Watson, and Joel A. Muraco
Chapter 10. The Development of Same-Sex Intimate Relationships during Adolescence
Part 4. Developmental Pathways and Processes
Kirby Deater-Deckard and Zhe Wang
Chapter 11. Gene-Environment Interplay in Adolescent Relationships
Susan Branje, Loes Keijsers, Muriel van Doorn, and Wim Meeus
Chapter 12. Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Processes in the Development of Adolescent Relationships
Amanda J. Rose, Rhiannon L. Smith, Gary C. Glick, and Rebecca A. Schwartz-Mette
Chapter 13. The Role of Gender in Transformations in Adolescent Relationships

“Close relationships with kin and non-kin are a crucial factor of development in adolescence and young adulthood. Yet, there have been few efforts to integrate research about these relationships across these two developmental periods. This volume contains chapters by well-known scholars in the field, addressing both the dynamics of close relationships and the impact on individual adjustment and behavior. Insights from these authors will help to guide future longitudinal studies of close relationships.”

B. Bradford Brown
University of Wisconsin-Madison

“It is a book that I would recommend to our library and to my graduate students, as well as buying for my own shelf. It is centrally relevant to my own research and those of my graduate students. The editors command the utmost respect among their peers in the scholarly community, and this book will be of the highest caliber in promoting advances in scholarly and applied thinking.”

Anna Beth Doyle
Concordia University

Will reconsider if I get faculty to create a separate course for adolescence. I am in the process of trying to get that done, but it has been postponed.

Sharon Reynolds
Educational Foundations Dept, Texas Christian University
October 30, 2012
Key features
Key Features:
  • Accessible modern reviews: Current literature is summarized by leading world experts in accessible, nontechnical language.
  • Easy to use outline: All chapters have the same organization and outline structure to aid students in uncomplicated studying of the content.
  • Conceptual coverage: Key theories succinctly summarized at the beginning of each chapter provide students clear objective for the chapter.
  • Comprehensive current references: Each chapter provides the most current references available, making a literature search unnecessary.

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