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Interpersonal Relationships and HealthSocial and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms$
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Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001

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Trajectories of Within-Relationship Relationship Quality, Relationship Satisfaction, and Sexual Satisfaction Among Young African American Women

Trajectories of Within-Relationship Relationship Quality, Relationship Satisfaction, and Sexual Satisfaction Among Young African American Women

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(p.232) Chapter 10 Trajectories of Within-Relationship Relationship Quality, Relationship Satisfaction, and Sexual Satisfaction Among Young African American Women
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Interpersonal Relationships and Health
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J. Dennis Fortenberry

Devon J. Hensel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.003.0011

Romantic relationships are salient developmental experiences for most contemporary adolescents. This chapter addresses the within-relationship changes in three cognitive and emotional assessments of African American adolescent women’s romantic/sexual relationships: relationship quality, relationship satisfaction, and sexual relationship satisfaction. Explicit attention to African American women allows redress of the tendency within behavioral and epidemiological research to ignore these young women’s romantic and sexual relationships. The young women’s cognitive and emotional assessments of relationships lasting up to a year or more respect the importance of relationships in young women’s lives in the context of our understanding that most relationships dissolve, form a basis of relationship experience and learning, and are replaced by other relationships. The data allow us to develop a deeper understanding of the subjective experiences of relationships among African American young women.

Keywords:   adolescent development, romantic relationships, sexual satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, relationship quality, African American women

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