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Article: Interpersonal relationship

Interpersonal relationship

Types of Relationships

  • Intimate relationships, including romantic relationships and polyamorous relationships
  • Family relationships, including parent-child relationships and sibling relationships
  • Friendships, including close friendships and casual friendships
  • Professional relationships, including employer-employee relationships and coworker relationships
  • Acquaintances, including casual acquaintances and online acquaintances

Intimate Relationships

  • Romantic relationships have varying levels of intimacy, passion, and commitment
  • Love can be defined using theories such as Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love and Fisher's theory of love
  • Romantic relationships can exist between any gender or among a group of people
  • Interpersonal communication is essential for the survival of romantic relationships
  • Love in romantic relationships includes components such as physical attraction, similarity, reciprocity, and self-disclosure

Life Stages in Relationships

  • Early adolescent relationships are characterized by companionship, reciprocity, and sexual experiences
  • Emerging adults develop attachment and caring qualities in their relationships, including love, bonding, security, and support
  • Later relationships often involve a greater emphasis on companionate love and exhibit higher levels of commitment
  • Intimacy and passion may decline over time, but studies show no decline in importance of sex, intimacy, and passionate love in longer or later-life relationships
  • Older people tend to be more satisfied in their relationships but face greater barriers to entering new relationships compared to younger or middle-aged people

LGBTQ Relationships

  • LGBTQ people may face unique challenges in establishing and maintaining intimate relationships
  • Internalized homo-negativity and conforming to gender norms can affect satisfaction and emotional well-being in LGBTQ relationships
  • LGBTQ youth often lack social support and peer connections compared to heterosexual young people
  • Comparative studies show few differences in relationship intensity, quality, satisfaction, or commitment between homosexual and heterosexual couples
  • Cohabitation is considered serious and equivalent to marriage for many LGBTQ partners

Marital Relationships

  • Marriage is still the majority form of relationship, except among emerging adults
  • Marriage is considered important in family and social structures
  • Nontraditional relationships are on the rise, but marriage remains prevalent
  • Marital relationships can provide companionship, support, and security
  • Studies show that marital relationships contribute to overall life satisfaction and well-being

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