Romantic competence, healthy relationship functioning, and well-being in emerging adults

Joanne Davila*, Jonathan Mattanah, Vickie Bhatia, Jessica A. Latack, Brian A. Feinstein, Nicholas R. Eaton, Jennifer S. Daks, Shaina A. Kumar, Edward F. Lomash, Melody Mccormick, Jiaqi Zhou

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    A skills-based model of healthy relationship functioning—romantic competence (RC)—is described. Its association with relationship and individual well-being was examined in three studies of emerging adults using the Romantic Competence Interview for Emerging Adults (RCI–EA), which measures competence as the interplay of three skill domains. Across studies (women [n = 102], women and men [n = 187], romantic couples [n = 89]), RC was associated with greater security, healthier decision making, greater satisfaction, and fewer internalizing symptoms. The RCI–EA skill domains formed a latent factor and were associated with self-reports reflective of RC, supporting the construct's validity. The RC construct may thus provide a theory-driven, overarching way to characterize healthy romantic functioning that can reduce negative outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)162-184
    Number of pages23
    JournalPersonal Relationships
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Anthropology
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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