Romantic fantasies, cross-gender friendships, and romantic experiences in adolescence

Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, Sophie Walsh, Shirley Harel, Shmuel Shulman

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Findings of this study, conducted on 142 adolescents (67 ninth graders and 75 eleventh graders), show that romantic experiences among adolescents are manifested in different forms: romantic fantasies, cross-gender friendships, and sustained interactions with a romantic partner. These three forms of experience are manifested differently across age and gender. Romantic fantasies, although not accompanied by any actual interaction, are emotionally intense and probably constitute one of the modes of romantic experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-487
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Cross-gender friendships
  • Gender differences
  • Intimacy
  • Middle and late adolescence
  • Narratives
  • Romantic fantasies
  • Romantic relationships


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