ERIC Number: EJ784466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 0
"I Wanted to Get to Know Her Better": Adolescent Boys' Dating Motives, Masculinity Ideology, and Sexual Behavior
Smiler, Andrew P.
Journal of Adolescence, v31 n1 p17-32 Feb 2008
Little is known about adolescent boys' motives for dating, although stereotypical portrayals highlight a desire for sexual behavior. This issue was examined from a normative perspective that connected dating motives to intercourse motives, masculinity, and dating and sexual behaviors. Data from 105 racially and economically diverse 10th-grade boys were analyzed. Results indicated that the most commonly endorsed motives for dating and intercourse focused on the boys' partners and relationships, and that boys' motives tended to be consistent across dating and sexual behavior. Peer conformity motives were less frequently endorsed and typically co-occurred with other motives. Findings revealed few connections between motives, masculinity ideology, and sexual behaviors. Discussion highlights the importance of moving beyond stereotypes when examining boys' romantic and sexual motives.
Descriptors: Ideology, Sexuality, Males, Masculinity, Dating (Social), Motivation, Adolescents, Sex Stereotypes, Grade 10, High School Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Influence, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10
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