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Family Problems: Stress, Risk, and Resilience by Joyce A. Arditti

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16 Adolescent Development and Romantic Relationships

Jennifer Kerpelman, Alyssa McElwain, and Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Direct experience with romantic relationships often begins during the adolescent years (Collins, 2003). These relationships serve as important contexts for adolescents' discovery of themselves and their sense of identity (Kerpelman et al., 2012). The quotation from Elizabeth Barrett Browning is consistent with Caryl Rusbult's “Michelangelo ...

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