FMLY 1010 Lecture 67: Lecture 67

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University of Manitoba
Family Social Sciences
FMLY 1010
Christine A.Schippers

R98729 Have identity prototypes for these types of crowds (stereotypes) Helps to reinforce identity by labeling oneself as belonging to a group Crowds are organized into a clear pecking order Popularjocks at the top, brains in the middle, druggieslonersnerds at the bottom Romantic Relationships (369) Heterosexual and homosexual teens follow slightly different pathways Heterosexual teens: o Gradual progression from samesex friendships to heterosexual relationships o Somewhat more rapid pace in girls than in boys Start out rigid in preference for samesex friendships, become more open to oppositesex friendships over next 2 years Romantic relationships begin to become common around age 15 Social factors are just as important of a basis as sexual desires o Development of romantic relationships varies across cultures Crosscultural variation in centrality of peerparental relationships E.g. Chinese teens feel closest to parents, Canadian teens feel closest to friends o Basic conception of what it means to be in love by age 1213 o Teenagers prefer to date those with whom they believe they are in love, and end the relationship for reason of falling out of love o Some teens form romantic relationships based on desire for companionship o Girls see romantic relationships as a context for selfdisclosure Want more psychological intimacy than their partners do Early datingsexual activity more common among poor in every ethnic group and among those who experience early puberty Also affected by family structure and religious teachings E.g. Girls with divorcedremarried parents start dating earlier Homosexual Teens: (370) More comfortable about revealing their sexual orientation to parents and to peers than in the past o Become aware of samesex attraction around age 1112 o Boys noticeact on samesex attraction earlier than girls o Girls express more certainty in homosexual orientation o Often experience attraction to both sexes before selfidentifying as gaylesbian o Often go through phase of discovery that begins with experimentation with heterosexual relationships
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