The Role of Family Interactions in Supporting Emerging Adults' Development

Concurrent Sessions 4

Kevin Smith, Kate Cobb, Kayla Reed-Fitzke, Anthony Ferraro, James Duncan, Mallory Lucier-Greer, Erinn Duprey, Sihong Liu, Jessica Thompson, Assaf Oshri, J. Kale Monk, Jeremy Kanter, Luke T. Russell, Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Tyler B. Jamison, Kayley Davis, Spencer Olmstead, Heather Hessel, Jodi Dworkin

Facilitator: Robin G. Yaure

4:45 PM
6:00 PM
Location
Royal Palm 2
Session #
146
Session Type
Lightning Paper
Session Focus
  • Research
Organized By
  • Education & Enrichment

About the Session

  • 146-01 - Attachment in Emerging Adulthood: Personal Relationships and Well-Being
    By Kevin Smith, Kate Cobb, Kayla Reed-Fitzke, Anthony Ferraro, James Duncan, Mallory Lucier-Greer
  • 146-02 - Individual and Relational Future Orientation Among Emerging Adults: Development and Validation of a New Measure
    By Erinn Duprey, Sihong Liu, Jessica Thompson, Assaf Oshri
  • 146-03 - Beyond Cold Feet: Experiences of Ending Engagements and Canceling Weddings
    By J. Kale Monk, Jeremy Kanter, Luke T. Russell
  • 146-04 - Perceived Abilities to End Romantic Relationships and Adverse Relationship Experiences
    By Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Tyler B. Jamison
  • 146-05 - Motivations Against Sex and Lifetime Sexual Partners: A Two-Study Approach
    By Kayley Davis, Spencer Olmstead
  • 146-06 - Mapping the Family Network of Emerging Adults
    By Heather Hessel, Jodi Dworkin

Abstract(s)

Attachment in Emerging Adulthood: Personal Relationships and Well-Being

By Kevin Smith, Kate Cobb, Kayla Reed-Fitzke, Anthony Ferraro, James Duncan, Mallory Lucier-Greer

Secure parent-child relationships continue to be important during emerging adulthood; the nature of the parent-child relationship, specifically insecure relationships, may exacerbate mental health challenges. Given the priority placed on peers during emerging adulthood, peer social support offers a potential mechanism through which parental attachment impact emerging adults. This study used structural equation modeling to examine connections between parental attachment and depressive symptomology and loneliness among emerging adults, as well as the mediating role of peer social support. Results indicate peer social support serves as a linking mechanism through which parental attachment impacts emerging adult depression and loneliness.

Objectives

1. Identify the relationship between parent-child attachment and emerging adult mental health. 2. Understand the mediating role of social support in emerging adult mental health 3. Awareness of implications for emerging adult mental health in education and community settings

Individual and Relational Future Orientation Among Emerging Adults: Development and Validation of a New Measure

By Erinn Duprey, Sihong Liu, Jessica Thompson, Assaf Oshri

Future orientation, defined as having a positive outlook toward the future (Seginer, 2008), is promotive of various positive youth outcomes, and thus is a potential intervention target for positive youth development and resilience-promoting programs. The current paper presents findings of an ongoing development and validation of a novel measure assessing future orientation among young adults. The newly developed measure was found to exhibit strong internal consistency, solid factor structure, excellent discriminate validity with impulsivity, and good convergent validity with similar future orientation scales. Additionally, various future orientation subscales differentially predicted outcomes including drug-use problems, self-esteem, and life satisfaction.

Objectives

1. To develop a new short inventory to measure future orientation amongst young adults.2. To examine convergent and discriminant validity of the new measure.3. To investigate the relationship between early life adversity, future orientation, and various youth outcomes.

Beyond Cold Feet: Experiences of Ending Engagements and Canceling Weddings

By J. Kale Monk, Jeremy Kanter, Luke T. Russell

Perceived Abilities to End Romantic Relationships and Adverse Relationship Experiences

By Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Tyler B. Jamison

Motivations Against Sex and Lifetime Sexual Partners: A Two-Study Approach

By Kayley Davis, Spencer Olmstead

Emerging adulthood (ages 18-25) is a distinct developmental period that encompasses many unique experiences, including in the realm of sexuality. Sexual behavior is commonly studied among college students, yet little is known about college students’ motivations against sex (MAS) in relation to number of lifetime sexual partners. This study examined the relationship between demographic factors, MAS, and number of lifetime sexual partners using a two-study design. Analyses included hierarchical linear regressions and negative binomial regression. All models were significant, and many of our hypotheses were supported. Findings and implications are discussed.

Objectives

1. To examine the relationship between various demographic factors and motivations against sex among a college-student sample.2. To examine the relationship between motivations against sex and number of lifetime sexual partners among a college-student sample. 3. To demonstrate the relationship between these concepts and their importance for sexual health interventions to audience members. 

Mapping the Family Network of Emerging Adults

By Heather Hessel, Jodi Dworkin

Limited research has been conducted on emerging adults' non-parental family relationships. This study explores the breadth of emerging adults' family networks, and associations with well-being. Results show that cousins, aunts/uncles, and grandparents join parents and siblings in playing a role in emerging adults’ lives; having a broad family network was related to greater emotional well-being. Results revealed that meeting traditional adulthood markers (e.g., financial independence) was associated with greater well-being, regardless of age. Findings suggest family professionals should focus on helping emerging adults find ways to grow their independence, while staying connected with their immediate and extended family network.

Objectives

To create a depiction of emerging adults’ family networkTo describe the family members that emerging adults identify as important to themTo explore familial and demographic characteristics associated with emerging adult well-being and family identity

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