Girl Friend, Boy Friend, Girlfriend, Boyfriend: Broadening our Understanding of Heterosocial Competence

  title={Girl Friend, Boy Friend, Girlfriend, Boyfriend: Broadening our Understanding of Heterosocial Competence},
  author={Rachel L. Grover and Douglas W. Nangle and Agnieszka K. Serwik and Karen R. Zeff},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Child \& Adolescent Psychology},
  pages={491 - 502}
Heterosocial interactions, or social interactions with other-sex peers, are theorized to serve a number of unique developmental functions for adolescents (e.g., companionship, intimacy, experimentation with sex-role behaviors and sexual activity). Yet despite the importance of heterosocial competence in adolescent social development, there exists little research on the construct. Early research, although informative, reflects a narrow focus on heterosocial anxiety associated with date… 

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