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ERIC Number: EJ1019660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
South African Adolescents' Constructions of Intimacy in Romantic Relationships
Lesch, Elmien; Furphy, Claire
Journal of Adolescent Research, v28 n6 p619-641 Nov 2013
Localized understandings of adolescent romantic relationships are needed to expand our knowledge of the diversity of adolescent romantic experiences and to challenge negative discourses of adolescent heterosexual relationships. This study explored the constructions of intimacy of 20 adolescent men and women in romantic relationships from one low-income community in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Using Charmaz's constructivist grounded theory method, we found that our participants reproduced dominant romantic and gender discourses in their intimacy constructions within a community context of limited and limiting discourses. We argue that they could benefit from alternative discourses, more opportunities to interact privately and intimately with their partners, and to reflect on and articulate their romantic relationship experiences.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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