Linkages among adolescent girls' romantic relationships, best friendships, and peer networks

Ami F. Kuttler, Annette M. La Greca

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This study examined the linkages among girls' best friendships and romantic relationships and accounted for the level of dating involvement as a moderating variable. Social exchange and Sullivan's socioemotional theories served as guides in this process. Questionnaires were administered to 446 girls aged 15-19 years. Results showed that: (a) dating is associated with more positive and less negative interactions with best friends; (b) increasing age and dating involvement are linked with increased reliance on romantic partners; (c) romantic relationships have more negative interactions than best friendships; and (d) peer-network size and structure is related to dating behaviour. Mid to late adolescence is a time when girls shift attention away from friends and towards romantic partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-414
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • Adolescent
  • Dating
  • Friendship
  • Romantic Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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