Title

Sources of information about dating and their perceived influence on adolescents

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3463-5704

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2002

Publication Title

Journal of Adolescent Research

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

401

Last Page

417

DOI

10.1177/07458402017004005

Abstract

This study examined the impact of parents, peers, the media, and sex education on shaping adolescents' knowledge about dating relationships. Half of the 100 (48 females, 52 males) participants were early adolescents (13 to 14 years) and half were middle adolescents (15 to 16 years). Through a questionnaire, participants identified the quantity of information, perceived correctness, and influence of each of the sources. Friends and sex education teachers were perceived to provide the most information, adults to provide the most accurate information, and friends to have the greatest influence on dating choices. Sex differences existed across various questions and source types. Girls received more information on dating across sources, perceived parents and the media to be more accurate sources of information, and were more influenced by their parents than were boys. Boys gave higher rankings to dating partners and dating behavior as comfortable sources of information than did girls.

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