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Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
Risks and Opportunities

ISBN 9781138906600
Published December 15, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

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In this classic edition top scholars in family research examine the nature and origin of adolescents’ contemporary patterns of sexual and romantic relationships, from the evolutionary roots of these behaviors to policies and programs that represent best practices for addressing these issues in schools and communities. The text offers interdisciplinary expertise from scholars of psychology, social work, sociology, demography, economics, human development and family studies, and public policy. Adolescents and young adults today face very different choices about family formation than did their parents’ generation, given such societal changes as the rise in cohabitation, the increase in divorce rates, and families having fewer children. This book examines these demographic trends and provides a backdrop against which adolescents and emerging adults form and maintain romantic and sexual relationships.

This book addresses such questions as:

*What are the ways in which early family and peer relationships give rise to romantic relationships in the late adolescent and early adult years?

*How do early romantic and sexual relationships influence individuals’ subsequent development and life choices, including family formation?

*To what extent are current trends in romantic and sexual relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood problematic for individuals, families, and communities, and what are the most effective ways to address these issues at the level of practice, program, and policy?

Ideal as a supplement in graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on interpersonal (romantic) relationships, adolescent development, human sexuality, couples and/or family and conflict, sociology of children and youth, family therapy taught in human development and family studies, clinical or counseling psychology, social work, sociology, communications, and human sexuality this book also appreciated by researchers and clinicians/counselors who work with families and adolescents.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction to the Classic Edition.  Part I: What Are the Evolutionary Origins of Contemporary Patterns of Sexual and Romantic Relationships? Where Does Evolution Leave Off and Where Do History and Culture Begin?  H.E. Fisher, Broken Hearts: The Nature and Risks of Romantic Rejection. B.L. Barber, To Have Loved and Lost…Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Rejection.  D.P. Schmitt, Short- and Long-Term Mating Strategies: Additional Evolutionary Systems Relevant to Adolescent Sexuality.  P. Schwartz, What Elicits Romance, Passion, and Attachment, and How Do They Affect Our Lives Throughout the Life Cycle?  Part II: How Do Early Family and Peer Relationships Give Rise to the Quality of Romantic Relationships in Adolescence and Young Adulthood?  W.A. Collins, M. van Dulmen, "The Course of True Love(s)…": Origins and Pathways in the Development of Romantic Relationships.  S. Coontz, Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood.  K. Joyner, M. Campa, How Do Adolescent Relationships Influence the Quality of Romantic and Sexual Relationships in Young Adulthood?  C.M. Bryant, Pathways Linking Early Experiences and Later Relationship Functioning.  B.B. Brown, A Few "Course Corrections" to Collins & van Dulmen's "The Course of True Love".  Part III: How Do Early Romantic and Sexual Relationships Influence People Contemporaneously and Later in Life?  P.C. Giordano, W.D. Manning, M.A. Longmore, Adolescent Romantic Relationships: An Emerging Portrait of Their Nature and Developmental Significance.  V.M. Murry, T.R. Hurt, S.M. Kogan, Z. Luo, Contextual Processes of Romantic Relationships: Plausible Explanations for Gender and Race Effects.  A.R. Snyder, Risky and Casual Sexual Relationships Among Teens.  W. Furman, L.S. Hand, The Slippery Nature of Romantic Relationships: Issues in Definition and Differentiation.  Part IV: To What Extent Are Current Trends in Sexual and Romantic Relationships Problematic for Individuals, Families, and Society? What Are Effective Intervention Approaches at the Level of Practice, Program, and Policy?  J. Manlove, K. Franzetta, S. Ryan, K. Moore, Adolescent Sexual Relationships, Contraceptive Consistency, and Pregnancy Prevention Approaches.  V.J. Hotz, The Economic Approach to Modeling Adolescent Sexual Behavior: Empirical Implications.  D.M. Upchurch, Y. Kusunoki, Adolescent Sexual Relationships and Reproductive Health Outcomes: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges.  J. Manlove, S. Ryan, K. Franzetta, Sample Selection for Adolescent Sexual Relationships.  M.L. Kan, A.C. Cares, From "Friends With Benefits" to "Going Steady": New Directions in Understanding Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood.

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Alan Booth is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Human Development, and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University. He has authored more than 100 articles and in 2002 he received the American Sociological Association Family Section Distinguished Career Award.

Ann (Nan) C. Crouter is the Raymond and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development and Professor of Human Development at Pennsylvania State University. 

Anastasia Snyder is Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Science at the Ohio State University.


"I have been using [this book] in my upper-level undergraduate course Sociology of Children and Youth … since 2007. Year after year, the chapters of this book are among the best-received readings among my students. The volume not only maintains its relevance 10-years post-publication, but it brings together a group of first-class scholars in research on sex and romantic relationship. ... Students learn concepts, contributions, and ways of thinking of and analyzing romance and sex." -  Elizabeth Vaquera, University of South Florida, USA

"This multidisciplinary collection of essays provides up-to-date summaries of contemporary trends in adolescents and emerging adults’ romantic and sexual intimate relationships [and] … notable insights on the ways in which adolescents and young adults’ choices regarding romantic and sexual relationships are very different from previous generations. ... [It] is a classic in bridging key ideas from distinct disciplinary traditions, and exemplifies that multidisciplinary work is essential for understanding how romantic and sexual relationships during adolescence influence the transition to emerging adulthood." - Monica A. Longmore, Bowling Green State University, USA

"A book becomes a classic when it presents ... information in such a comprehensive or unique way that its information remains valuable for a long time. ...The Crouter and Booth book fits this definition perfectly. I have never found a book that replaces the range and quality of these contributions covering love, romance and sex among adolescents. The data remains relevant and the cogent analyses by multiple authors, impressive and provocative. ... I am always taking it down and using it." - Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, USA

"All articles are well written and most certainly have their points... I truly enjoyed reading this book as it engages the reader in critical thinking and reflection... The whole book, or chapters of it are certainly of use in the classroom when discussing several different topics concerning adolescents and romantic and sexual relationships and I recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic." - Elin Weiss, University College Dublin, MetaPsychology