Development of intimate relationships in adolescence

Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2007 Dec;18(3):449-59, v-vi.


This article examines adolescent intimacy through a developmental lens. As they age, adolescents develop the relational skills necessary to gain independence from their parents and form intimate relationships with friends and romantic partners. This article details how adolescents' intimate relationships expand from parental connections to encompass friendships, dating, and sexual activity during progressing stages of development. Finally, clinical implications for adolescent health care practitioners for promoting intimacy and healthy relationships are suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Coitus / psychology*
  • Courtship / psychology*
  • Female
  • Friends
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Pregnancy
  • Sex Education / methods*
  • Social Environment
  • Social Support
  • United States