The importance of relationships with parents and best friends for adolescents' romantic relationship quality: Differences between indigenous and ethnic Dutch adolescents

Thao Ha, Geertjan Overbeek, Marieke De Greef, Ron H.J. Scholte, Rutger C.M.E. Engels

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Abstract

This study examined how the quality of relationships with parents and friends were related to intimacy, commitment, and passion in adolescents' romantic relationships for indigenous Dutch and ethnic Dutch adolescents. Self-report survey data were used from 444 (88.9%) indigenous Dutch and 55 (11.1%) ethnic Dutch adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age (M = 15.34, SD = 1.14), all of whom were involved in a romantic relationship. About 61.6% (n = 307) were girls. For both indigenous and ethnic Dutch youths, the quality of the parent-adolescent relationship was positively associated with romantic relationship intimacy, whereas the quality of one's best friendship was related to higher commitment to one's romantic partner. Significant interactions in hierarchical regression analyses revealed that only ethnic Dutch adolescents who experienced low-quality parent-adolescent relationships showed more commitment to their romantic relationships. Additionally, ethnic Dutch adolescents who experienced low-quality best friendships showed more passion in their romantic relationships as compared to indigenous Dutch adolescents. These findings are indicative of ethnic differences in the roles that parents and friends play in the romantic lives of Dutch adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Cultural context
  • Relationships with best friends
  • Relationships with parents
  • Romantic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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