Psychology research shows isolating together is challenging — and relationship stresses can affect biological functioning

In the wake of COVID-19 social distancingand stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each other than ever before.As a developmental psychologistwho conducts research on adolescent and young adult relationships, I’m interested in understanding how young people’s everyday social interactions contribute to their health. Past research shows that people who have higher-quality friendshipsand romantic relationshipsduring their teens and 20s typically have lower risk for illness and disease during adulthood, whereas individuals with early relationships character...


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