Conceptions of Cross-Sex Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Early Adolescence

@article{Connolly1999ConceptionsOC,
  title={Conceptions of Cross-Sex Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Early Adolescence},
  author={Jennifer Connolly and Wendy Craig and Adele Goldberg and Debra J Pepler},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  year={1999},
  volume={28},
  pages={481-494}
}
Adolescents' conceptions of cross-sex friendships and romantic relationships were explored in a sample of 1755 adolescent boys and girls ranging in age from 9 to 14 years. These adolescents uniquely characterized romantic relationships in terms of passion and commitment whereas cross-sex friendships were largely characterized by affiliation. Even the youngest of the adolescents made these distinctions. Nonetheless, both age and experience were associated with changes in the use of descriptors… Expand
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