CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Marital Status and Career Stage Influences on Social Networks of Young Adults

Publication Date

5-1989

Publication Title

Journal of Marriage and the Family

ISSN

0022-2445

Volume

51

Issue/No.

2

First Page

521

Last Page

534

Abstract

During young adulthood men and women experience new roles that affect their interactions with social network members. The most common transitions during young adulthood—marriage and career—were examined with respect to descriptors of the social networks, including network size as well as affectionate and instrumental behavior exchanges. In addition, the network sectors of kin and friends were considered. Marital status, career stage, and gender interacted in various ways with each other as influences on network size and affectionate and instrumental behavior exchanges with kin and friends. The role changes associated with career entry and engagement or marriage seemed to be related to partial withdrawal from friends and an increase in kin contact among both men and women. Solidifying of kin relationships through affective involvement appeared for women but not men.

DOI

10.2307/352513

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