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Unformatted text preview: 11/18/10 Intimacy: from friendship to dating Changes in “Targets” of intimacy- Sullivan hypothesized that: o Intimacy w/ peers replaces intimacy w/ parent o Intimacy w/ peers of opposite sex replaced intimacy w/ same sex friend- Research shows that new targets of intimacy are added to old ones- Teens experience different types of intimate relationships w/ parents and peers- Parent adolescent relationships o Imbalance of power, teens receive advice o Vertical relationship- Adolescent peer relationships o Mutual, balanced, equal exchanges Friendships w/ other sex- Moving from sex segregated friendships to cross sex friendships o Poke and push courtship: constant physical interaction- Cross sex intimacy doesn’t replace same sex intimacy Functions of other sex relationships- Sets the stage for later romantic relationships- For boys: who don’t have same sex peers, other sex provides support and serves as a back up system for that boy o Does not apply to girls- For girls: benefits for some but not for most...
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