Dating intimacy and the teenage years

This includes same-sex friends, same-sex groups of friends, and boy/girl groups of friends.

Social and cultural expectations and behaviors in male-female or sexual relationships are learned from observations and practice.During adolescence, developmental tasks include struggles to gain control over sexual and aggressive urges.Boys, especially those who mature early, also tend to have more disagreements with their mothers than with their fathers.While over time disagreements often decrease, relationships with mothers tend to change more than relationships with fathers.They report feeling more understood and accepted by their friends.

Less and less time is spent with parents and other family members.Teen friendships also tend to be based on educational interests.Especially for girls, close, intimate, self-disclosing conversations with friends help to explore identities and define one's sense of self.Boys are more prone to form an alliance with a group of friends who confirm each other's worth through actions and deeds rather than personal sharing.The shift to male-female and sexual relationships is influenced by sexual interest and by social and cultural influences and expectations.During the teens, a new understanding of one's self occurs.