Advice from teens to teens about dating: Implications for healthy relationships

Heidi L. Adams, Lela Williams

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Seventy-five Mexican American and White male and female adolescents were asked in focus groups to offer advice to other adolescents pertaining to dating relationships. Across ethnicities and sexes, "Stay on your feet" was the most prominent advice given, followed by advice to "Know when it's right". "Have good reasoning...especially about that was a prominent theme among females; Mexican American females focused more on pressure associated with sexual activity while White females embedded their advice more often within futuristic and long-term relationship goals. Females offered roughly three times more relationship advice than did males and dialogued collaboratively at greater length, enriching their advice with personal and emotional experiences. Findings are interpreted within a developmental and feminist perspective and in line with recent recommendations for sexual and dating education as outlined by Romeo and Kelley (2009).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-264
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Adolescence
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Mexican American
  • Qualitative
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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