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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Wyndol Furman

Please note Dr. Furman is interested in taking students in the fall


  • Romantic Relationships in Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • Peer Relationships
  • Attachment


Currently my major research study is Project Star, which is a 15 year longitudinal study of the links among romantic experiences, other close relationships, and adjustment.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978
MA, George Peabody College, 1972
BA, Duke University, 1970

Selected Publications

  • Furman, W., Brown, B.B. & Feiring, C. (Eds.) (1999).  The development of  romantic relationships in adolescence.  New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Furman, W., Simon, V.A., Shaffer, L., & Bouchey, H.A. (2002).  Adolescents' working models and styles for relationships with parents, friends, and romantic partners.  Child Development, 73, 241-
  • Furman, W. & Simon, V. A. (2004). Concordance in attachment states of mind and styles with respect to fathers and mothers, Developmental Psychology, 40, 1239-1247.
  • Furman, W. & Simon, V. A. (2006).  Actor and partner effects of adolescents' working models and styles on interactions with romantic partners.  Child Development, 77, 588-604..
  • Furman, W. & Collins, W. A. (2008).  Adolescent romantic relationships and experiences.  In K. H. Rubin, W. Bukowski, & B. Laursen (Eds.).  Peer interactions, relationships, and groups, pp. 341-360.  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Furman, W. & Shomaker, L. (2008).  Patterns of interaction in adolescent romantic relationships: Distinct features and associations with other close relationships.  Journal of Adolescence, 31, 771-778.
  • Young, B. J. & Furman, W. (2008). Interpersonal factors in the risk for sexual victimization and its recurrence during adolescence.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 297-309.
  • Collins, W. A., Welsh, D. P., & Furman, W. (2009).  Adolescent romantic relationships.  Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 631-652.
  • Furman, W., Low, S., & Ho, M. (2009).  Romantic experience and psychosocial adjustment in middle adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 1-16.
  • Hand, L. S. & Furman, W. (2009).  Rewards and costs in adolescent other-sex friendships: Comparisons to same-sex friendships and romantic relationships.  Social Development, 18, 270-287.
  • Branstetter, S. A., Furman, W. & Cottrell, L. (2009).  The influence of representations of attachment, maternal-adolescent relationship quality, and maternal monitoring on adolescent substance use: A two-year longitudinal examination.  Child Development, 80, 1448-1462,
  • Shomaker, L. B. & Furman, W. (2009).  Parent-adolescent relationship qualities, internal working models, and styles as predictors of adolescents' observed interactions with friends, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 579-603.
  • Simon, V. A. & Furman, W. (2010).  Interparental conflict and adolescents' romantic relationships.  Journal of Research in Adolescence, 20, 188-209.
  • Furman, W. & Winkles, J. K. (2010).  Predicting romantic involvement, relationship cognitions, and relationship qualities from physical appearance, perceived norms, and relational styles regarding friends and parents.  Journal of Adolescence, 33, 827-836.
  • Furman, W. & Shaffer, L. (2011).  Romantic partners, friends, friends with benefits, and casual acquaintances as sexual partners. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 554-564..
  • Vuyeva, H. & Furman, W. (2011). Depressive symptoms and romantic relationship qualities from adolescence through emerging adulthood: A longitudinal examination of influences Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 123-135.
  • Young, B. J., Furman, W., & Jones, M. C. (in press).  Changes in adolescents' risk factors following peer sexual coercion:  Evidence for a feedback loop.  Development and Psychopathology.