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The Influence of Parents and Friends on the Quality and Stability of Romantic Relationships: A Three-Wave Longitudinal Investigation

Susan Sprecher and Diane Felmlee
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 54, No. 4 (Nov., 1992), pp. 888-900
DOI: 10.2307/353170
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353170
Page Count: 13
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The Influence of Parents and Friends on the Quality and Stability of Romantic Relationships: A Three-Wave Longitudinal Investigation
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Abstract

In this study we examined how support from parents and friends for the romantic relationships of young adults affects the quality of their relationships and the likelihood that their relationships break up over time. Data were gathered over 2 years from a group of romantic couples. Support was found for the positive effect of network support on the quality of the relationship in both cross-sectional and panel analyses. Hazard analyses showed that the female partner's perceived network support increased the stability of the relationships. No evidence was found for the Romeo and Juliet effect.

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