Diverse aspects of dating: Associations with psychosocial functioning from early to middle adolescence

M. J. Zimmer-Gembeck, J. Siebenbruner, W A Collins

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Abstract

Theories imply that some aspects of adolescent dating behavior will be associated with individuals' positive psychosocial functioning, while other aspects will be associated with problems. This study addressed associations between diverse aspects of dating at age 16 and: (1) individual and social functioning at age 12 and at age 16; and (2) change in psychosocial functioning from age 12 to age 16. Controlling for physical maturity, overinvolvement in dating at age 16 was associated with poorer psychosocial functioning in early and middle adolescence and also predicted declines in functioning between the two ages. Level of dating experience and quality of romantic relationships were associated with social adaptation at age 16, especially in the friendship and dating domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-336
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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