Friendships, perceived popularity, and adolescent romantic relationship debut

Ruta Savickaitė, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra*, Derek Kreager, Katya Ivanova, René Veenstra

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Abstract

This study examined the association of friendships and popularity with adolescents’ first-time involvement in a romantic relationship (referred to as romantic relationship debut). The aim of this article was twofold: first, to disentangle the unique effects of friendships and perceived popularity; second, to separate same- and cross-gender peer nominations. Specifically, it was tested whether same- and cross-gender friendships or same- and cross-gender popularity were more likely to increase the likelihood of romantic relationship debut. Using longitudinal data of 590 Dutch adolescents age 12 to 18 (57 % girls) from TRAILS (Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey), results are consistent with the hypothesis that cross-gender friendships and cross-gender popularity increase the chances of a romantic relationship debut. Findings indicate that peer evaluations by cross-gender peers of both friendships and popularity account for adolescents’ romantic relationship debut.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-399
JournalThe Journal of Early Adolescence
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

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Keywords

  • ASSOCIATIONS
  • BEHAVIORS
  • EMERGENCE
  • GENDER
  • NETWORKS
  • ONLINE
  • SELECTION
  • STANDARD
  • dating relationships
  • friendship
  • peer popularity
  • pubertal development
  • puberty
  • romantic

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Savickaitė, Ruta ; Dijkstra, Jan Kornelis ; Kreager, Derek ; Ivanova, Katya ; Veenstra, René. / Friendships, perceived popularity, and adolescent romantic relationship debut. In: The Journal of Early Adolescence. 2020 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 377-399.
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Friendships, perceived popularity, and adolescent romantic relationship debut. / Savickaitė, Ruta; Dijkstra, Jan Kornelis; Kreager, Derek; Ivanova, Katya; Veenstra, René.

In: The Journal of Early Adolescence, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2020, p. 377-399.

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