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Manning, Wendy. 2001. "On the Nature and Developmental Significance of Adolescent Romantic Relationships." Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, 8: 111-139.
The authors examine youth's romantic relationships & hone in on five qualities they consider unique to romantic relationships among adolescents. These qualities are communication awkwardness, heightened emotionality, asymmetry, power, & exclusivity & commitment. They argue that these qualities provide the foundations for future research on adolescent dating. They also make a strong case that the understanding of adolescent problem behaviors such as early sexual behavior, drug use, delinquency, & teenage parenthood would be facilitated by further attention to the features of romantic relationships identified.