Characteristics and predictors of romantic relationships in late adolescence and young adulthood in Hong Kong and Australia

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Moore, Susan, Leung, Cynthia, Karnilowicz, Wally ORCID: 0000-0002-9611-0217 and Lung, Ching-Leung (2012) Characteristics and predictors of romantic relationships in late adolescence and young adulthood in Hong Kong and Australia. Australian Psychologist, 47 (2). pp. 108-117. ISSN Print ISSN: 0005-0067. Online ISSN: 1742-9544


The aim of this study was to examine occurrence of romantic relationships and relationship break-ups among young adults in Hong Kong and Australia and to explore associations between relationship style, identity status, negative affect, cultural group, and relationship experiences. Data were collected from Chinese tertiary students in Hong Kong (n = 279) and Anglo-Australian tertiary students in Melbourne, Australia (n = 204). Participants completed a questionnaire including demographics, romantic relationship items, the Love Schemas Scale measuring romantic relationship style, the Extended ObjectiveMeasure of Ego Identity Status, and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. Secure relationship style and more mature identity statuses were associated with having had a romantic relationship. Among those young people with romantic relationship experience, break-ups were less common for those with a foreclosed identity status, skittish (avoidant) relationship style, and Hong Kong Chinese background. Negative mood was higher among those for whom a break-up had been recent. Hurt experienced following a break-upwas greater when the break-upwas partner initiated and among those with less secure relationship styles and identity statuses. Overall, individual factors were stronger predictors of relationship status than cultural factors.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2010.00013.x
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID25727, adolescence, culture, identity, relationship style, romantic relationships, young adulthood
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