ERIC Number: EJ826313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Gender, Peer Relations, and Challenges for Girlfriends and Boyfriends Coming Together in Adolescence
Underwood, Marion K.; Rosen, Lisa H.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n1 p16-20 Mar 2009
This article examines how girls' and boys' different peer cultures in middle childhood may set the stage for challenges in emerging heterosexual romantic relationships in adolescence. Two theoretical frameworks are presented for understanding gender differences in children's same-gender friendships and peer groups in middle childhood: the two cultures perspective (Maccoby, 1998) and the emotional trade-offs perspective (Rose & Rudolph, 2006). Emerging empirical evidence is presented to highlight how girls' and boys' gendered friendship qualities may be linked to difficulties girls and boys have when they come together in early romantic relationships. Preliminary longitudinal data are presented that suggest that girls' relational and boys' physical aggression toward same-gender peers in middle childhood may relate to having emotionally intense arguments in early adolescence. Implications for prevention and intervention are discussed.
Descriptors: Aggression, Females, Early Adolescents, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Males, Peer Relationship, Dating (Social), Peer Influence, Friendship, Emotional Response
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