Romantic relationship satisfaction in emerging adulthood


Barutcu-Yildirim F., Aydin G., SANCAK AYDIN G.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, vol.10, no.4, pp.319-332, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.19128/turje.874516
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.319-332
  • Keywords: Emerging adulthood, Relationship characteristics, Romantic relationship satisfaction, Self-compassion, Social appearance anxiety, SOCIAL APPEARANCE ANXIETY, SELF-COMPASSION, BODY-IMAGE, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, RELATIONSHIP BELIEFS, YOUNG ADULTHOOD, ADOLESCENT, MINDFULNESS, DEPRESSION, ESTEEM

Abstract

The aim of the study was to explore the extent to which the length, status and importance of current romantic relationship, the number of previous romantic relationship, as well as individual factors, such as levels of self-compassion, and anxiety about social appearance, are predictors of the romantic relationship satisfaction of young adults. The study included 284 university students but 34 of them were removed for several reasons and analysis was carried out with 250 participants (59.6% female, 40.4% male). Relationship Assessment Scale, Self-Compassion Scale, Social Appearance Anxiety Scale, and demographic information form were used to collect data. Hierarchical regression analysis results showed that the importance of the current romantic relationship, the number of previous romantic relationships, and levels of self-compassion were positive predictors but the length and the status of the relationship, along with the level of anxiety regarding social appearance were not significant predictors of romantic relationship satisfaction. The model explained 37% of the variance in the romantic relationship satisfaction of young adults.