PHILADELPHIA — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into late summer, social distancing and quarantining behaviors have brought challenges to relationships for people of all ages.


Kathleen Bogle, an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at La Salle University, said that current dating behaviors remind her of how people had to navigate decision-making during the HIV / AIDS epidemic.

Couples in the beginning stages of their relationship have had to choose between sudden cohabitation or long distance, while married parents have found themselves juggling their jobs, housekeeping and around-the-clock childcare. For those in unhealthy relationships, the situation has created serious consequences: domestic violence has risen due to victims trapped with their abusers.

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