author={Don E. Merten},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Ethnography},
  pages={462 - 484}
  • D. Merten
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • Art
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Romance is an especially rich and complex theme in American culture. This article explores how a particular social form, going-with, shapes the experiences of early adolescents as they begin their enculturation into romance. Examining going-with as a social form rather than as merely an activity illuminates some of the problems created by this social form as it constitutes the context in which individuals are obliged to pursue their attraction to each other. Exploring this social form also… 
Relationships in Adolescence
▪ Abstract In this chapter I review recent research on the nature, meaning, and impact of extrafamilial relationships during adolescence. I use findings of quantitative and qualitative studies to
Developmental Shifts in the Character of Romantic and Sexual Relationships from Adolescence to Young Adulthood
This chapter examines ways in which the qualities and dynamics of respondents’ romantic relationships change from adolescence into adulthood and also explores the ways in which gender influences the
Trust – that's a big one: intimate partnership values among urban Latino youth
Examining romantic relationship ideals valued by urban Latino youth in San Francisco and their experiences in achieving their ideals in their current relationship found trust was related not only to fidelity, but also vulnerability and emotional intimacy.
The current study examines the variability in adolescents’subjective experience of romantic relationships in a large, diverse sample of currently dating youth. Relying on cluster analysis, five types
Love and dating experience in early and middle adolescence: grade and gender comparisons.
Boys fell in love earlier and more often than girls, and both genders seemed to employ an increasingly narrow prototypical conception of being "in love".
The Romantic Relationships of African-American and White Adolescents
Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we analyze African-American and white respondents' reports of the nature of their romantic experiences. We explore
Physical attractiveness and the accumulation of social and human capital in adolescence and young adulthood: assets and distractions.
The results of this interdisciplinary, theoretically grounded, mixed methods study suggest that adolescence may be a critical period in stratification by physical appearance and that the underlying developmental phenomena during this period are complex and often internally contradictory.
An analytical ethnography of children's agency, power and social relations : an actor-network theory approach
This thesis connects with and extends inter alia the recent but as yet peripheral move within the sociology of childhood to open up children's agency to empirical analysis. Drawing heuristically upon
You don't bring me anything but down: adolescent romance and depression.
It is suggested that females' greater vulnerability to romantic involvement explains a large part of the emerging sex difference in depression during adolescence.


The development of feeling norms underlying romantic love among adolescent females.
This paper examines the development of feeling norms underlying romantic love among early adolescent females. On the basis of data from in-depth interviews, transcriptions of naturally occurring
Defining Intimacy in Romantic Relationships.
Although the ongoing sharing of romantic intimacy is recognized as being health promoting and as a sought-after goal, there has been no consensus in the literature on a definition of the construct.
Educated in Romance: Women, Achievement, and College Culture
Is romance more important to women in college than grades are? Why do so many women enter college with strong academic backgrounds and firm career goals but leave with dramatically scaled-down
Learning Gender from Peers: The Role of Peer Groups in the Cultural Transmission of Gender
Finding that previous research has led to conflicting conclusions about the significance of peer groups in cultural transmission, we investigated the presentation of gender-related information in the
The cultural context of aggression: the transition to junior high school
Starting with Bandura's 1979 formulation regarding the relationship between aversive experience and aggression, this paper asks the logically prior question—what are the cultural influences that lead
Moving into adolescence: The impact of pubertal change and school context.
From the sociological point of view, adolescence traditionally has been described as a period of physical maturity and social immaturity. Adolescents reach physical adulthood before they are capable
Gender-specific pathways to intimacy in early adolescence
As part of a larger longitudinal study of psychosocial development, 148 girls and 130 boys were administered a series of questions regarding a close friend during their eighth-grade school year.
Transitions in relationship style from adolescence to young adulthood
  • J. Fischer
  • Psychology, Education
    Journal of youth and adolescence
  • 1981
A study of transitions in relationship style from middle adolescence (high school) to late adolescence (college), 300 students described their relationship with the person who was closest to them, either same or other sex.
Teaching Styles and Performance Values in Junior High School: The Impersonal, Nonpersonal, and Personal
This paper examines three contrasting teaching styles in a middle-class junior high school. Previous conceptions of teaching styles have tended to focus on the ways in which the teacher organizes the
Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School
You see it in every schoolyard: the girls play only with girls, the boys play only with boys. Why? And what do the kids think about this? Breaking with familiar conventions for thinking about