Peer-group and intimate relationship in adolescents from intact and separated families

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The impact of family structure (intact vs. separated) on adolescents' friendship and romantic relationship were assessed, using an Italian representative sample of 300 adolescents. Findings reveal some significant differences related to family structure. Compared to adolescents from intact homes, adolescents from separated families display a higher level of distrust of others, are less likely to foresee marriage as a certain step in their lives, and show a higher degree of fear toward marriage. Contrary to expectations, there is no significant difference either in the extent and the frequency of contacts with the peer network or the existence of a romantic relationship among the two groups of adolescents. Implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-105
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • adolescence
  • divorce


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