Adolescent dating intimacy

Norms and peer expectations

John K. Collins*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Both dating behavior and peer expectations, in 317 adolescents, were examined during the first date, after several dates, when going steady, and when some commitment to marriage was undertaken. The results showed an initial tendency for the behavior of males to be more intimate than that of females. Female behavior approached that of males as the commitment in the affectional relationship increased. Generally, both males and females conformed to their peer expectations for less intimate behaviors but not for the deeper forms of sexual embrace, where they imagined their peers to be more experienced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-328
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1974

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