Adolescent dating experiences described by Latino college students

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Latino college students (M age=21.4 years) completed self-report surveys assessing adolescent dating experiences. Compared to young men (n = 69), young women (n = 97) had more limitations placed on them by parents as adolescents and began dating later. No gender difference in timing of the first serious relationship emerged. More young women had their first relationship with a Latino, and having a Latino boyfriend was associated with older partner age. In multivariate analyses, parental level of education was a stronger correlate of early dating experiences than generational status, and stronger findings emerged for young women than young men. The findings highlight the salience of gender as an organizer of early dating experiences among Latino adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-572
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Dating
  • Latino/a

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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