Adolescent Romantic Relations and Sexual Behavior: Theory, by Paul Florsheim

By Paul Florsheim

Developmental and scientific researchers have basically simply came across the phenomenon of adolescent romance as a subject matter of significant medical inquiry. This discovery will be regarding the overpowering proof that grownup romantic relationships are failing at alarming charges. Dramatic raises within the premiums of divorce, out of wedlock childbirth, and courting violence bring about questions about the developmental precursors of romantic love and dedication. what is wrong with love and will or not it's mounted? This booklet brings jointly a various workforce of specialists from a variety of disciplines to deal with a major hole within the figuring out of adolescent improvement. half I makes a speciality of romantic relatives and sexual habit from the viewpoint of normative adolescent improvement. half II facilities on high-risk youth and half III explores the sensible implications of present thought and examine for clinicians, educators, and healthiness directors. jointly the chapters during this integrative and clinically valuable publication lay a beginning for figuring out how teens effectively navigate the tumultuous waters of younger love.

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Adult romantic partners have a tendency to resemble one another on a variety of characteristics, including attractiveness (Feingold, 1988), education (Schoen & Wooldredge, 1989), race (Qian, 1997), religion (Glenn, 1982), and height (Spuhler, 1968). Other research has emphasized the characteristics of mates individuals say they prefer. Typically, these studies Wnd diVerences between the sexes in mate preference. Several studies, some of which are based on evolutionary theory, have shown that females value characteristics in males associated with the ability to acquire resources, such as social status; males value characteristics that signal reproductive capacity, such as physical attractiveness (Buss, 1989).

Silverman, J. , Mucci, L. , & Hathaway, J. E. (2001). Dating violence against adolescent girls and associated substance use, unhealthy weight control, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, and suicidality. Journal of American Medical Association, 286, 572–579. Simon, V. , Bouchey, H. , & Furman, W. (2000). The social construction of of adolescents’ representations of romantic relationships. In S. Larose & G. M. ), Attachment and development: Vol. 2. Adolescence. Quebec: Les Presses de l’Universite du Quebec.

In fact, not until very recently has an academic book even focused on romantic relationships in adolescence (Furman, Brown, & Feiring, 1999). Taken together, previous studies suggest that opposite-sex friendships, romantic, and sexual relationships all become more prevalent during adolescence, presumably because emotional and physical maturity increases in this period. Consequently, we expected that the prevalence of adolescent romantic relationships would increase with age. These studies also suggest that adolescent girls have more experience than adolescent boys with intimate relationships in general, due to their greater maturity.

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