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The Romantic Lives of Emerging Adults: Getting from I to We

Varda Konstam


The romantic lives of emerging adults are often baffling and contradictory: they prize committed and authentic relationships, yet they appear to be reluctant participants, and they prefer to foster ambiguity in their romantic relationships, even as they value honesty and clarity. This book grapples with these perplexing questions and considers the challenging economic conditions in which today’s emerging adults find themselves. With an emphasis on the constructs of commitment and sacrifice and their centrality to emerging adults’ readiness for long-term relationships, the main milestones in tr ... More

Keywords: romantic relationship, emerging adulthood, commitment, computer-mediated communication, sacrifice, marriage, divorce, breakups, LGBTQ relationship, millennial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190639778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Varda Konstam, author
Professor Emerita, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston