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Former ICD Postdoc Oriña and Colleagues Publish on Adult Romantic Relationships

Former ICD postdoc M. Minda Oriña (now an assistant professor at St. Olaf College), W. Andrew Collins, Jeffry A. Simpson, Jessica E. Salvatore, John S. Kim, and Katherine C. Haydon recently published a paper in the journal Psychological Science entitled "Developmental and Dyadic Perspectives on Commitment in Adult Romantic Relationships." The results from this work show that experiencing better parenting quality in toddlerhood and more sensitive and mutual conflict resolution with a best friend in adolescence predict becoming the "strong link" (i.e., more committed partner) in adult romantic relationships. The results also show that the discrepancy between adult partners' commitment levels predict the couples' affective behaviors toward one another, with a greater discrepancy predicting greater hostility.

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