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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon The Journal of Early Adolescence The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0272431603260882 2004 24: 55 The Journal of Early Adolescence W. Andrew Collins and Brett Laursen Changing Relationships, Changing Youth : Interpersonal Contexts of Adolescent Development Published by: can be found at: The Journal of Early Adolescence Additional services and information for Email Alerts: Subscriptions: Reprints: Permissions: Citations: at UNIV OF SOUTH CAROLINA on January 10, 2011 Downloaded from
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10.1 7 /02724316032608 2 ARTICLE JOURNAL OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE / February 2004 Col ins, Laursen / ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT Changing Relationships, Changing Youth: Interpersonal Contexts of Adolescent Development W. Andrew Collins University of Minnesota Brett Laursen Florida Atlantic University In the past quarter century, research on adolescence has expanded from a near exclusive focus on intraindividual processes to a concern with individuals in an interpersonal con- text. Today, studies of the impact of relationships within families, with peers, and with romantic partners account for a large proportionof research in the field. This article out- lines three features of this transformation: an increasing focus on the nature of, changes in, and the developmental impact of adolescents’ relationships with significant others; the expansion and diversification of networks of significant others during adolescence; and the recognition of significant interrelations among these relationships. Contempo- rary studies require research designs that encompass multiple significant relationships and that assess a broad range of relationship properties. Keywords: relationships; parents; peers The first Handbook of Adolescent Psychology appeared in 1980. Edited by Joseph Adelson, the volume depicted what now seems a strangely bifurcated field. The majority of the chapters focused on individual psychosocial devel- opment and reflected the psychoanalytic framework that had long been the dominant theoretical lens on adolescence. The remaining chapters focused on experiential vagaries of the second decade of life, reflecting social learn- ing or sociological perspectives. Neither family nor romantic relationships were represented in the table of contents of this first handbook. By contrast, close relationships, especially those with family members, are the most ex- tensively studied topic in the field today (Steinberg, 2001). This expanded purview implicitly has sparked a recognition that multiple, interrelated influ- ences operate in adolescents’close relationships, which, in turn, has led inex- orably to a growing interest in the dynamics of relationships between adoles-
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