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Romantic relationships and sexuality in diverse adolescent populations: Introduction to the special issue.

Authors
  • Espinosa-Hernández, Graciela1
  • Choukas-Bradley, Sophia2
  • van de Bongardt, Daphne3
  • Van Dulmen, Manfred4
  • 1 University of North Carolina, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, 28403, NC, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 University of Delaware, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences,105 The Green Newark, DE 19716, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 3 Erasmus University Rotterdam, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062, PA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Netherlands)
  • 4 Kent State University, PO Box 5190, Kent, 44242-0001, OH, USA. Electronic address: [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Adolescence
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 04, 2020
Volume
83
Pages
95–99
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.07.002
PMID: 32763620
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although scientific research on adolescent romantic and sexual development has proliferated in recent years, currently, too little is known about how development in these areas can be understood across diverse populations (e.g., different socio-cultural groups within countries) and contexts (e.g., countries or different proximal social environments). The goal of the current virtual special issue in the Journal of Adolescence was to highlight relevant and timely empirical findings from studies utilizing innovative and diverse research methods in the areas of adolescent romantic and sexual development from around the globe, with an emphasis on data collected outside of the Western world. It combines an interesting set of nine empirical papers, which describe datasets from 5 countries (Canada, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States). In this editorial, we provide an introduction to this special issue, and illustrate how these studies expand our understanding of adolescent romantic and sexual development by examining: 1) romantic and sexual relationship constructs that are relevant for understudied and diverse populations; 2) how culture-specific factors may shape adolescents' romantic and sexual relationships; 3) how romantic and sexual relationship constructs are linked to psychosocial adjustment outcomes in understudied cultural contexts; 4) the role of different proximal social environments (e.g., parents, siblings, peers) in romantic and sexual development in diverse populations. Copyright © 2020 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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