ERIC Number: EJ730085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Linkages among Adolescent Girls' Romantic Relationships, Best Friendships, and Peer Networks
Kuttler, Ami Flam; La Greca, Annette M.
Journal of Adolescence, v27 n4 p395-414 Aug 2004
This study examined the linkages among girls' best friendships and romantic relationships and accounted for the level of dating involvement as a moderating variable. Social exchange and Sullivan's socioemotional theories served as guides in this process. Questionnaires were administered to 446 girls aged 15-19 years. Results showed that: (a) dating is associated with more positive and less negative interactions with best friends; (b) increasing age and dating involvement are linked with increased reliance on romantic partners; (c) romantic relationships have more negative interactions than best friendships; and (d) peer-network size and structure is related to dating behaviour. Mid to late adolescence is a time when girls shift attention away from friends and towards romantic partners.
Descriptors: Late Adolescents, Females, Friendship, Social Exchange Theory, Dating (Social), Questionnaires, Peer Groups, Interpersonal Attraction, Social Life
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