ADOLESCENCE AND INTIMACY Psychology of adolescence
WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Relationship where two or more people reveal personal thoughts and information about each other ...
YOUR ADOLESCENT FRIEND <ul><li>Where did you meet? </li></ul><ul><li>What was special about that relationship? </li></ul><...
WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Why does intimacy develops in adolescence? </li></ul><ul><li>Safer to reveal things to peers </l...
WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Sullivan    by sharing teens increase their  self-steem </li></ul><ul><li>Identity formation </...
WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Mechanic   extensive sharing of personal feelings leads to heightened introspection  </li></ul>...
INTIMACY AND ROMANCE <ul><li>Older adolescents    they learn from being intimate </li></ul><ul><li>Romance = complication...
Sullivan and Erikson <ul><li>Intimacy in adolescence is essential to reach a “healthy sense of identity” </li></ul><ul><li...
BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = bond through feelings and thought  </li></ul><ul><li>Boys = bond through actions and deeds ...
BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = caring, soothing, sharing, “emotional” </li></ul><ul><li>Boys: sharing activities, “not car...
BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = make less but good friends </li></ul><ul><li>Boys: make friends easier than girls = bigger ...
INTIMACY AND FAMILY <ul><li>Studies have shown… </li></ul><ul><li>Boys having a “close” relationship with their fathers ha...
INTIMACY AND SOCIAL CLASS <ul><li>Middle and upper classes  = more rewarding, closer intimacy than lower classes. Inside a...
SIBLINGS AND INTIMACY <ul><li>Do you have brothers or sister? </li></ul><ul><li>How did this affect your relationships? </...
PARENTS AND INTIMACY <ul><li>Temporal decline in parent-teen intimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Teens closer to mother because fat...
Dunphy's five-stage theory <ul><li>Stage 1:  Pre-crowd stage. Isolated unisexual cliques.  </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2:  The...
DIFFICULT SITUATIONS <ul><li>Dating violence </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s to blame? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does violence persist...
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  1. 1. ADOLESCENCE AND INTIMACY Psychology of adolescence
  2. 2. WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Relationship where two or more people reveal personal thoughts and information about each other </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Physical closeness </li></ul><ul><li>Hugging and touching </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper level connection </li></ul>
  3. 3. YOUR ADOLESCENT FRIEND <ul><li>Where did you meet? </li></ul><ul><li>What was special about that relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>What was special about him/her? </li></ul><ul><li>What things did you share? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you feel when you were together? </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Why does intimacy develops in adolescence? </li></ul><ul><li>Safer to reveal things to peers </li></ul><ul><li>Rebellious towards adults  seek approval </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals with similar backgrounds </li></ul>
  5. 5. WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Sullivan  by sharing teens increase their self-steem </li></ul><ul><li>Identity formation </li></ul><ul><li>Attributes that makes each of them unique </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper understanding of the self and others </li></ul>
  6. 6. WHAT IS INTIMACY? <ul><li>Mechanic  extensive sharing of personal feelings leads to heightened introspection </li></ul><ul><li>psychological problems </li></ul><ul><li>Close friendships  away from introspection  free from the “stressors” of growing up </li></ul>
  7. 7. INTIMACY AND ROMANCE <ul><li>Older adolescents  they learn from being intimate </li></ul><ul><li>Romance = complications </li></ul><ul><li>Sex and sexual preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Learn through sharing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sullivan and Erikson <ul><li>Intimacy in adolescence is essential to reach a “healthy sense of identity” </li></ul><ul><li>Identity vs. role confusion  first acquire a sense of identity, then intimacy </li></ul>
  9. 9. BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = bond through feelings and thought </li></ul><ul><li>Boys = bond through actions and deeds </li></ul><ul><li>VALIDATION OF SELF WORTH </li></ul>
  10. 10. BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = caring, soothing, sharing, “emotional” </li></ul><ul><li>Boys: sharing activities, “not caring much” </li></ul>
  11. 11. BOYS AND GIRLS <ul><li>Girls = make less but good friends </li></ul><ul><li>Boys: make friends easier than girls = bigger groups </li></ul><ul><li>Keep friends if you don’t change school </li></ul>
  12. 12. INTIMACY AND FAMILY <ul><li>Studies have shown… </li></ul><ul><li>Boys having a “close” relationship with their fathers have closer, longer friendships </li></ul><ul><li>Single-parents home  affects relationships if teens don’t have contact with adults  father-absent homes </li></ul>
  13. 13. INTIMACY AND SOCIAL CLASS <ul><li>Middle and upper classes = more rewarding, closer intimacy than lower classes. Inside and outside the house. </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of intimacy = workers earlier sexual experiences and more accepting of sexual intimacy </li></ul>
  14. 14. SIBLINGS AND INTIMACY <ul><li>Do you have brothers or sister? </li></ul><ul><li>How did this affect your relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>Siblings  + & - influence </li></ul>
  15. 15. PARENTS AND INTIMACY <ul><li>Temporal decline in parent-teen intimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Teens closer to mother because fathers are the authority figure </li></ul><ul><li>Recent study has shown that intimacy with fathers increase during early adolescence </li></ul>
  16. 16. Dunphy's five-stage theory <ul><li>Stage 1: Pre-crowd stage. Isolated unisexual cliques. </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2: The beginning of the crowd. Unisexual cliques in group-to-group interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3: The crowd in structural transition. Unisexual cliques with upper status members forming a heterosexual clique. </li></ul><ul><li>  Stage 4: The fully developed crowd. Heterosexual cliques in close association. </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 5: Beginning of crowd disintegration. Loosely associated groups of couples. </li></ul>
  17. 17. DIFFICULT SITUATIONS <ul><li>Dating violence </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s to blame? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does violence persist? </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 4 adolescents have been involved in violent relationships. </li></ul>

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