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(p. 158) Intimate Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood: A Biodevelopmental Perspective 

(p. 158) Intimate Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood: A Biodevelopmental Perspective
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(p. 158) Intimate Romantic Relationships in Young Adulthood: A Biodevelopmental Perspective
Author(s):

Beth A. Auslander

and Susan L. Rosenthal

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195332711.003.0010
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date: 14 November 2018

This chapter describes youngadult relationships within a biological and developmentalframework. Itdiscusses the biological underpinnings of socialbehavior, developmental theorieson attachment and intimacy that suggestthat early relationships between parent and childand peer relationships provide the basis for laterromantic relationships, as well asyoung adult romantic and sexualrelationships, through a review of the data on sexualbehavior, sexually transmitted infections, andrelationship quality and conflict within romanticrelationships among this population.

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