Two recent interesting articles on romantic relationship in youths, June 2016.

June 29, 2016 1:39 AM | Deleted user

Dear all, 

TN Romantic Relationship has selected two recent articles to share with you.

Article 1 by Dalenberg et al. (2016): Young people’s everyday romance and sexual experiences in relation to sex-related conversations with parents: a diary study in the Netherlands

Doi link: 10.1080/14681811.2016.1192026

This study builds on existing research into how young people’s emergent sexual development is connected to parent–child sexrelated communication through avoidance vs. disclosure. Over the course of one year, a total of 21 young people reported in longitudinal qualitative diaries their (1) everyday sexual experiences and (2) sex-related conversations with their parents. Using a mixed-methods approach, findings show that less sexually experienced participants reported greater avoidance of parent–child sex-related conversations than more experienced participants. The sex-related conversations of more experienced participants mainly concerned overt experiences in the form of everyday issues with their romantic partner, while the conversations of less experienced participants were characterised by more covert experiences such as opinions about romantic relationships in general. These results suggest that the degree to which young people feel comfortable talking about sexuality with their parents partly depends on when the conversation takes place during a young person’s romantic and sexual development.

Article 2 by Weidmann et al. (2016): Big Five traits and relationship satisfaction: The mediating role of self-esteem

Doi link: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.06.001

This study examined the mediating role of self-esteem in the association between Big Five traits and relationship satisfaction. Using data of 237 heterosexual couples and the Actor-Partner Interdependence Mediation Model (APIMeM), self-esteem mediated the association between Big Five traits and relationship satisfaction. We also tested the directionality of the association using longitudinal data of 141 couples. Results indicate that only agreeableness (and neuroticism marginally) predicts relationship satisfaction two years later, but relationship satisfaction predicted partner’s extraversion. Further, significant indirect effects emerged between relationship satisfaction, self-esteem, and later neuroticism. These results underline the importance of studying Big Five traits and self-esteem conjointly when studying relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, testing for alternative longitudinal associations elucidates the role of romantic relationships in personality development. 

We hope you enjoy our selections!

Professor Jennifer Connolly, York University, Canada and Dr. Rongqin Yu, University of Oxford, United Kingdom