Friends First? The Peer Network Origins of Adolescent Dating.


Journal Article

The proximity of dating partners in peer friendship networks has important implications for the diffusion of health-risk behaviors and adolescent social development. We derive two competing hypotheses for the friendship-romance association. The first predicts that daters are proximally positioned in friendship networks prior to dating and that opposite-gender friends are likely to transition to dating. The second predicts that dating typically crosses group boundaries and opposite-gender friends are unlikely to later date. We test these hypotheses with longitudinal friendship data for 626 9th grade PROSPER heterosexual dating couples. Results primarily support the second hypothesis: romantic partners are unlikely to be friends in the previous year or share the same cohesive subgroup, and opposite-gender friends are unlikely to transition into dating.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kreager, DA; Molloy, LE; Moody, J; Feinberg, ME

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 257 - 269

PubMed ID

  • 27134511

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27134511

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7795

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-8392

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jora.12189


  • eng