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Staying Alone or Getting Attached: Development of the Motivations Toward Romantic Relationships During Adolescence

Abstract : The authors present the initial validation of a romantic relationship motivation scale, enabling the level of self-determined involvement in romantic relationships during adolescence to be examined. The inclusion of Self-Determination Theory (E. L. Deci & R. M. Ryan, 2000) in the motivational constructs enhances the developmental perspective regarding adolescent romantic involvement. The scale was administered to 284 adolescents (163 girls and 121 boys, age 14–19 years) with a self-esteem scale and some questions about their romantic experiences to provide some elements of external validation. The results confirmed the 4-factor structure: intrinsic motivation, identified regulation, external regulation, and amotivation, which follow the self-determination continuum, previously highlighted in friendship motivation. As hypothesized, adolescents became more self-determined with age and girls were more self-determined than boys. Other findings show specific links between motivation for romantic relationships, self-esteem and romantic experiences. It highlights the importance of considering adolescents’ motivations when exploring their romantic relationships.
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Cécile Kindelberger, Raphaële Tsao. Staying Alone or Getting Attached: Development of the Motivations Toward Romantic Relationships During Adolescence. Journal of Genetic Psychology, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2014, 175 (2), pp.147-162. ⟨10.1080/00221325.2013.834291⟩. ⟨hal-02890219⟩

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