Dating and friendships in adolescence: Variation across same-sex and other-sex romantic partners

Rose Wesche, Derek A. Kreager, Nayan G. Ramirez, Shivangi Gupta

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Abstract

This research examined associations between dating and number of friends for rural adolescents with same-sex and other-sex dating partners using longitudinal sociometric data (N = 2826; 55% female, 87% White, mean age = 14 at baseline). In multilevel models assessing within-person change, boys gained female friends when they were in same-sex romantic relationships, compared to when they were single. In contrast, girls in same-sex relationships lost female friends and gained male friends. Adolescents in other-sex romantic relationships gained same-sex friends compared to when they were single. Results advance understanding of adolescent social and sexual development, suggesting that sexual minority adolescents find allies when dating but may struggle to maintain same-sex friendships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1142
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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