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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon Research Journal of Adolescent DOI: 10.1177/0743558406291692 2006; 21; 459 Journal of Adolescent Research Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano and Monica A. Longmore Hooking Up: The Relationship Contexts of "Nonrelationship" Sex The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: can be found at: Journal of Adolescent Research Additional services and information for Email Alerts: Subscriptions: Reprints: Permissions: 2008 at UNIV CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA on September 20, Downloaded from
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Hooking Up: The Relationship Contexts of “Nonrelationship” Sex Wendy D. Manning Peggy C. Giordano Monica A. Longmore Bowling Green State University More than one half of sexually active teens have had sexual partners they are not dating. However, remarkably little is known about the nature of these sexual relationships. Using survey and qualitative data from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study the authors contrast the qualities of dating sexual relationships and sexual relationships that occur out- side the dating context. They find that adolescents having sex outside of the dating context are choosing partners who are friends or ex-girlfriends and/or boyfriends. Moreover, one third of these nondating sexual partnerships are associated with hopes or expectations that the relationship will lead to more conventional dating relationships. Boys and girls who experience sex outside of conventional dating relationships often share similar orientations toward their relationship. Results suggest that a more nuanced view is key to understand- ing adolescent sexual behavior. Keywords: adolescent sexuality; dating; romantic relationships; casual sex; gender Recent public treatments of adolescent dating and sexuality have depicted a decline in traditional forms of dating, suggesting that “hooking up” and other more casual liaisons have replaced traditional romantic attachments (e.g., Denizet-Lewis, 2004). An understanding of the contexts within which adolescent sexual behavior takes place is important because it is well known that about one half of teenagers report having sexual inter- course during their high school years (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002; Warren et al., 1998). A popular view is that involvement in more fleeting, nonrelationship liaisons may restrict the adolescent’s chance to build relationship skills and competencies that will carry forward to more long-term relationships (notably marriage), may be associated with various forms of sexual risk taking, and may be sufficiently alienating to 459 This research is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD36223) and in part by the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State
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