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ERIC Number: EJ927367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Investigation of Starting Romantic Intimacy in Emerging Adulthood in Terms of Self-Esteem, Gender and Gender Roles
Eryilmaz, Ali; Atak, Hasan
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v11 n2 p595-600 Spr 2011
This study aims, firstly, to examine whether gender plays a decisive role in starting romantic intimacy during the emerging adulthood period; secondly, to compare emerging adults who are assigned different gender roles, in terms of starting romantic intimacy; and thirdly, to analyze the level at which self-esteem and gender roles predict the ability to start romantic intimacy. This study examines the relationship between, gender, gender roles, self-esteem and initiating romantic intimacy at emerging adulthood. A total of 256 individuals (148 female and 108 male) completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Bem Gender Roles Inventory (BGRI) and Markers of Starting Romantic Intimacy Scale. In this study, t-test was used to determine whether gender plays a significant role in initiating a romantic intimate relationship, and also variance analysis method was used to determine whether gender roles plays a significant role in initiating a romantic intimate relationship. Besides basic regression analysis was employed to uncover the interaction between initiating a romantic intimate relationship and gender, self-esteem, and gender roles. It was found out that there was gender difference on starting romantic intimacy. Regression analysis shows that self-esteem, gender, and also gender roles were the most important factors for starting romantic intimacy. The findings of the study suggest that there is a statistically significant relationship between starting romantic intimacy, gender, gender roles, and also self-esteem. The results of the research were found parallel with the literature, and also they are discussed with respect to emerging adulthood, gender, self-esteem and cultural factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Bem Sex Role Inventory; Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale