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Linkages among adolescent girls’ romantic relationships, best friendships, and peer networks

Authors
Journal
Journal of Adolescence
0140-1971
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2004.05.002
Keywords
  • Dating
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Friendship
  • Adolescent

Abstract

Abstract 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.

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