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Romantic Relationships Romantic Relationships Chapter 9 (& then some)
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Relationships in Adolescence Relationships in Adolescence Steps in the Development of Intimacy Need for intimacy & intimate relationships Capacity for intimate relationships The degree to which this capacity for intimacy is actually expressed The ways in which intimacy is expressed
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Relationships in Adolescence Relationships in Adolescence Gender Differences in Capacity & Expression of Intimacy Intimacy develops earlier in girls than in boys Intimate relationships are more common among adolescents throughout adolescence Girls experience higher levels of intimacy in their relationships Girls better at intimacy than boys when dating relationship begin Girls already capable and eager for intimacy and emotional closeness For girls, opposite sex-relationships provide a context for further expression of intimacy For boys, they provide a context for the further development of intimacy Dating relationships
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Relationship Development Relationship Development Specific pattern develops in initiating relationships Men tend to be active - Asking for a date, planning dates, initiating Women tend to be reactive - Accepting or rejecting dates and sexual advances
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Characteristics Desired in a Mate Characteristics Desired in a Mate Examination of Personal Ads: Men’s preferences in a potential dating partner -Strongest factor predicting men's choice of a potential dating partner is physically attractiveness -Age Women’s preferences in a potential dating partner - Socioeconomic status/ financial security -Ambitious -Miscellaneous personality characteristics. .humor, understanding etc Women do have some attraction requirements - Males with average weight and equal hip-to-waist ratio -Males that possess these physical attributes and who are financially successful tend to be rated as the most attractive potential mates -High-status males in established hierarchy also contributes to attractiveness
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Characteristics Desired in a Mate Characteristics Desired in a Mate Men and women also differ in how they attract the opposite sex: Women: - more likely to use tactics that accentuate beauty and youth Men: -do things that highlight their resources i.e.women try to look young and attractive and men try to appear high status.
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Characteristics Desired in a Mate Explanations for gender differences Evolutionary Psychology (Buss)- Looks=sign of fertility, status = sign of survival - However, evidence doesn’t show that attractive females are paired off with wealthier men -Instead, matching hypothesis is supported In traditional societies, females will value a mate with high earning capacity & males will value a mate with domestic skills Reanalyzed Buss’ findings -Men value a mate who was physically attractive, a good cook, and a good housekeeper. -Larger sex differences in traditional cultures
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