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

September 30, 2016 11:40 AM | Deleted user

Dear All, 

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

Article 1 by Collibee and Furman (2016): The relationship context for sexual activity and its associations with romantic cognitions among emerging adults. 

Doi link: 10.1177/2167696815604529

Few studies have examined the associations of sexual activity with romantic cognitions, particularly longitudinally. We used a multianalytic approach to examine the longitudinal, between-person, and within-person associations between sexual activity and romantic cognitions. We distinguished among sexual activity with four different types of partners—romantic partners, friends, acquaintances, and friends with benefits. An ethnically/racially representative sample of 185 participants (94 males and 91 females) completed questionnaires when they were 2.5, 4, and 5.5 years out of high school. Frequent sexual activity with a romantic partner was associated with positive romantic cognitions, including less avoidant and anxious relational styles, greater romantic life satisfaction, and romantic appeal. Frequent sexual activity with various nonromantic partners was often associated with more negative romantic cognitions, including avoidant styles, lower romantic life satisfaction, and lower romantic appeal. Few longitudinal effects were found. Findings contribute to a developmental task theory conceptualization of sexual behavior.

Article 2 by Roberts & David (2016). My life has become a major distraction from my cell phone: Partner phubbing and relationship satisfaction among romantic partners

Doi link: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.07.058

Partner phubbing (Pphubbing) can be best understood as the extent to which an individual uses or is distracted by his/her cell phone while in the company of his/her relationship partner. The present study is the first to investigate the oft-occurring behavior of Pphubbing and its impact on relationship satisfaction and personal well-being. In Study 1, a nine-item scale was developed to measure Pphubbing. The scale was found to be highly reliable and valid. Study 2 assessed the study's proposed relationships among a sample of 145 adults. Results suggest that Pphubbing's impact on relationship satisfaction is mediated by conflict over cell phone use. One's attachment style was found to moderate the Pphubbing ─ cell phone conflict relationship. Those with anxious attachment styles reported higher levels of cell phone conflict than those with less anxious attachment styles. Importantly, Pphubbing was found to indirectly impact depression through relationship satisfaction and ultimately life satisfaction. Given the ever-increasing use of cell phones to communicate between romantic partners, the present research offers insight into the process by which such use may impact relationship satisfaction and personal wellbeing.

We hope you enjoy our selections!

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