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Well-Being and Romantic Relationships: A Systematic Review in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Department of Psychology, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), 14004 Córdoba, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(13), 2415; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132415
Received: 28 May 2019 / Revised: 24 June 2019 / Accepted: 5 July 2019 / Published: 7 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emotional and Behavioural Adjustment in Adolescence)
Adolescence and emerging adulthood are both stages in which romantic relationships play a key role in development and can be a source of both well-being and negative outcomes. However, the limited number of studies prior to adulthood, along with the multiplicity of variables involved in the romantic context and the considerable ambiguity surrounding the construct of well-being, make it difficult to reach conclusions about the relationship between the two phenomena. This systematic review synthesizes the results produced into this topic over the last three decades. A total of 112 studies were included, following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocols (PRISMA-P) guidelines. On the one hand, these works revealed the terminological heterogeneity in research on well-being and the way the absence of symptoms of illness are commonly used to measure it, while on the other hand, they also showed that romantic relationships can be an important source of well-being for both adolescents and emerging adults. The findings underline the importance of providing a better definition of well-being, as well as to attribute greater value to the significance of romantic relationships. Devoting greater empirical, educational, and community efforts to romantic development in the stages leading up to adulthood are considered necessary actions in promoting the well-being of young people. View Full-Text
Keywords: well-being; psychosocial adjustment; emotional adjustment; optimal functioning; romantic well-being; positive psychology; PRISMA protocol well-being; psychosocial adjustment; emotional adjustment; optimal functioning; romantic well-being; positive psychology; PRISMA protocol
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Gómez-López, M.; Viejo, C.; Ortega-Ruiz, R. Well-Being and Romantic Relationships: A Systematic Review in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2415. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132415

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Gómez-López M, Viejo C, Ortega-Ruiz R. Well-Being and Romantic Relationships: A Systematic Review in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(13):2415. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132415

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Gómez-López, Mercedes, Carmen Viejo, and Rosario Ortega-Ruiz. 2019. "Well-Being and Romantic Relationships: A Systematic Review in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 13: 2415. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132415

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