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They are the best: The significance of others to emerging adults and well-being
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  • Jeff Cookston,
  • Victoria Chou,
  • Qudsia Khalid,
  • Fernanda Amaya
Jeff Cookston
San Francisco State University

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Victoria Chou
San Francisco State University
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Qudsia Khalid
San Francisco State University
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Fernanda Amaya
San Francisco State University
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Abstract

We know little about the relationships that matter to emerging adults. This preregistered report elaborates our plan to survey 200 emerging adults (approximately half male) to better understand the role of significant others. First, we plan to ask emerging adults to list individuals who matter and we will code the open-ended text for relationship type. Second, we will use an adapted version of Schneck’s (2009) Mattering Scale to assess mattering among five common close relationships (i.e., mother figure, father figure, partner, best friend, sibling). We predict that mattering of partner and best friend will be highest, mothers will matter more than fathers, and siblings will matter least. We hypothesize failing to mention a relationship in the open-ended portion will be related to lower mattering of that relationship. Finally, we anticipate better well being and less loneliness when the list of those who matter is longer and when significant others matter more.
15 Jul 20231st Revision Received
18 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
18 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
20 Jul 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
13 Oct 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor