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The Transitory Nature of Parent, Sibling and Romantic Partner Relationships in Emerging Adulthood


  • Brings together research on a relatively new developmental stage

  • Integrates theoretical, empirical and qualitative data

  • Reflects societal, educational, occupational and relational changes and their effects


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 1-5
  3. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 7-13
  4. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 15-24
  5. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 25-36
  6. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 37-56
  7. Avidan Milevsky, Kristie Thudium, Jillian Guldin
    Pages 57-61

About this book


This volume provides a theoretical and empirical review of the societal and educational factors that contribute to ‘emerging adulthood’. This developmental stage occurs between adolescence and adulthood, and can be regarded as a relatively new phase in research on development. The book specifically examines how these societal and educational changes have contributed to the transitory nature of emerging adulthood and the resulting consequences. Particular attention is paid to the transitory nature of this stage of life, primarily in regard to relationship dynamics. The book examines the nature of the parental relationship during emerging adulthood. It uses qualitative data from a recent phenomenological study to illustrate unique aspects of the parental relationship during this stage and discusses the findings in the context of existing empirical work. The book provides a holistic and thorough examination of emerging adulthood in general and the parental dynamics present during this stage, in particular. ​


Kristie Thudium
Jillian Guldin, MA


Changes in mentality of dating Conflict and Sibling Relationships Consequences of Emerging Adulthood Educational Changes between Adolescence and Adulthood Emerging Adulthood and Educational Changes Emerging Adulthood and Occupational Changes Emerging Adulthood and Societal Changes Emerging Adults Emerging Adults and Independence Gender differences in dating Identity Formation and Dating Parental Relationships during Emerging Adulthood Qualitative Data on Romantic Partners Romantic Partners Sibling Relationships Societal Changes between Adolescence and Adulthood Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood Transition to Adulthood

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKutztown University of PennsylvaniaKutztownUSA
  2. 2.Kutztown University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

About the authors

AVIDAN MILEVSKY, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a licensed clinical professional counselor at Wellspring Counseling, Towson, MD. He was the founding chair of the Psychology Department at Touro College South and is a visiting professor at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He serves as the director of the Center for Parenting Research at KU. His research has produced over 100 conference presentations, and more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Social Development, Educational Psychology, the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Child and Family Studies, and the Journal of Adult Development. He is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Adolescence. His most recent book on siblings, Sibling Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence: Predictors and Outcomes, was published by Columbia University Press.


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“This book is very clearly written and that the results are set forth in a straightforward manner. It’s a quick read. The book raises and describes the many concerns as well as many satisfactions that young adults have with siblings, parents, and romantic partners. The themes regarding changing relationships that are highlighted here may well provide jumping-off points for other researchers interested in the relationship experiences of young adults.” (Margaret S. Clark, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (28), July, 2015)