Beliefs about Romance and Mate Selection and Intentions to Seek Pre- or Post-Marital Counseling: a Latent Profile Analysis of Emerging Adults

Kayla Reed-Fitzke*, Mallory Lucier-Greer, Casey Michael Gamboni, Peter M. Rivera, Anthony J. Ferraro

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Abstract

Emerging adulthood is a developmental period in which many individuals begin the process of mate selection, yet a considerable number of emerging adults endorse unrealistic relationship beliefs and/or believe relationship myths. This study identified belief profiles, using latent profile analysis, among emerging adults (N = 154) about romance and mate selection and examined the association between profiles and intentions to seek pre- and post-marital counseling. Profiles represent distinct groups of emerging adults based on relationship beliefs; they were identified as Realists, Apprehensive Realists, Romantics, and Ambivalent/Uncertain. While the Realists, Apprehensive Realists, and Romantics endorsed different relationship beliefs that may impact relationship dynamics, these groups held similar, favorable attitudes towards counseling. The Ambivalent/Uncertain profile, characterized as less intentional towards relationships, was least likely to seek counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMarriage and Family Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • emerging adults
  • marital counseling
  • mate selection
  • relationship beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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