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Author: Pearce-Morris, Jennifer
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Pearce-Morris, Jennifer
Cohabitors' Unfulfilled Marital Expectations and Mental Health Outcomes during the Transition to Adulthood
Presented: San Diego CA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April-May 2015
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Cohabitation; Expectations/Intentions; Health, Mental

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (N=1,457) the current study examined whether cohabitors' unfulfilled marital expectations are associated with poor mental health outcomes. The vast majority of cohabitors at time one held expectations for marriage that could be distinctly classified into categories of low, medium, and high level expectations. Among those who had high-level expectations for getting married within the next year, cohabitation dissolution was associated with worse mental health one year later compared to entering marriage or remaining cohabiting, with the difference in mental health between cohabitors who broke up and cohabitors who married particularly strong. Differences in mental health by future union status were also present among cohabitors with low-level marital expectations. Results from the current study highlight the juxtaposition of the increased presence of cohabitation in young adults' courtship with the continued presence of marital ideals in U.S. culture.
Bibliography Citation
Pearce-Morris, Jennifer. "Cohabitors' Unfulfilled Marital Expectations and Mental Health Outcomes during the Transition to Adulthood." Presented: San Diego CA, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April-May 2015.
2. Thorsen, Maggie L.
Pearce-Morris, Jennifer
Adolescent Mental Health and Dating in Young Adulthood
Society and Mental Health 6,3 (November 2016): 223-245.
Also: http://smh.sagepub.com/content/6/3/223.abstract
Cohort(s): NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): CESD (Depression Scale); Dating; Health, Mental; Pearlin Mastery Scale; Risk-Taking; Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) (see Self-Esteem)

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Adolescence is a period of tremendous socioemotional change, when youth develop important relationship skills that they carry with them into adulthood. The mental health of individuals during this period might act as resources or impediments that impact their ability to cultivate such skills as well as outcomes in their later romantic relationships. The current study examines how multiple dimensions of adolescent mental health (depressive symptomology, self-esteem, mastery, and impulsivity) are associated with outcomes in romantic relationships across the transition to adulthood, such as relationship conflict, relationship happiness, and number of dating partners. Youth with higher mastery, self-esteem, and impulsivity during adolescence had more romantic dating partners across the transition to adulthood. High levels of depressive symptomology and low mastery during adolescence were also associated with greater conflict within dating relationships in young adulthood.
Bibliography Citation
Thorsen, Maggie L. and Jennifer Pearce-Morris. "Adolescent Mental Health and Dating in Young Adulthood." Society and Mental Health 6,3 (November 2016): 223-245.