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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Wyndol Furman

Dr. Furman is not interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021.


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


Currently my major research project is Project Star, which is an 18 year longitudinal study of of romantic relationships, other close relationships, and adjustment in adolescence and early adulthood. We are interested in how early romantic relationships and other close relationships affect later romantic relationships. We are also interested in how these relationships affect adjustment and vice-versa. To address these questions, we have interviewed 200 participants, observed them with their partners, had them and their partners complete diaries of their daily experiences, and had them, their partners, friends, and parents complete questionnaires.


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

Selected Publications

To access these publications, please visit The Relationship Center website.

  • Collibee, C. & Furman, W. (2014). Impact of sexual coercion on romantic experiences of adolescents and young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1431-1441.
  • Furman, W. & Collibee, C. (2014). A matter of timing: Developmental theories of romantic involvement and psychosocial adjustment. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1149-1168..
  • Furman, W. & Collibee, C. (2014). Sexual activity with romantic and nonromantic partners and psychosocial adjustment in young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1327-1341.
  • Furman, W., Stephenson, J. C. & Rhoades, G. K. (2014). Positive interactions and avoidant and anxious representations in relationships with parents, friends, and romantic partners. Journal of Research in Adolescence, 24, 615-629. doi: 10.1111/jora.12052
  • Furman, W. & Rose, A. (2015). Friendships, romantic relationships, and other dyadic peer relationships. In R. Lerner (Series Ed.) and M. E. Lamb & C. G. Coll (Volume Ed.), The Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (Seventh Edition), Vol. 3, Social and Emotional Development (pp. 932-974). Hoboken, NJ US: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Collibee, C. & Furman, W. (2015). Quality counts: Developmental shifts in associations between romantic relationship qualities and psychosocial adjustment. Child Development, 86, 1639-1652.
  • Collibee, C. & Furman, W. (2016). The relationship context for sexual activity and its associations with romantic cognitions, Emerging Adulthood, 4. 71-81.
  • Collibee, C. & Furman, W. (2016). Chronic and acute relational risk factors for dating aggression in adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 763-775.
  • Furman, W. (in press). The romantic relationships of youth. In W. Bukowski, B. Laursen, & K. H. Rubin (Eds.) Peer interactions, relationships, and groups, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Golden, R. L., Furman, W., & Collibee, C. (2016). The risks and rewards of sexual debut. Developmental Psychology, 52, 1913-1925.
  • Novak, J. M. & Furman, W. (2016). Partner violence during adolescence and young adulthood: Individual and relationship level risk factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 1849-1861.
  • Collibee, C. & Furman, W. (in press). A moderator model of alcohol use and dating aggression among young adults. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Furman, W. & Collibee, C. (in press). The past is present: Representations of parents, friends and tomantic partners predict subsequent romantic representations. Child Development.
  • Lantagne, A. & Furman, W. (in press). Romantic relationship development: The interplay between age and relationship length. Developmental Psychology.
  • Lantagne, A., Furman, W., & Novak, J. (in press). "Stay or Leave": Predictors of Relationship Dissolution in Emerging Adulthood , Emerging Adulthood.