Adopting an organizational view on social development, we have investigated how interpersonal experiences early in life predict how well individuals will resolve relationship conflicts, recover from conflicts, and have stable, satisfying relationships with their romantic partners in early adulthood. We have also identified specific interpersonal experiences during middle childhood and adolescence that mediate the connection between how individuals regulated their emotions with their parents very early in life and how they do so as young adults in their romantic relationships. We discuss the many advantages of adopting an organizational view on social development.
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This research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to Byron Egeland, L. Alan Sroufe, and W. Andrew Collins ( R01-MH40864 ) and to Jeffry A. Simpson (R01- MH49599); a National Institute for Child Health and Human Development grant to W. Andrew Collins, Byron Egeland, and L. Alan Sroufe (R01-HD054850); and an NIMH pre-doctoral training grant to Jessica E. Salvatore (T32-MH015755-32).
- conflict recovery
- conflict resolution
- early experience
- romantic relationships
- weak-link status