Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 53–96

Young, middle, and late adolescents' comparisons of the functional importance of five significant relationships

  • Jacques D. Lempers
  • Dania S. Clark-Lempers

DOI: 10.1007/BF01536983

Cite this article as:
Lempers, J.D. & Clark-Lempers, D.S. J Youth Adolescence (1992) 21: 53. doi:10.1007/BF01536983


The present study investigated how young (11–13-year-old), middle (14–16-year-old), and late (17–19-year-old) adolescents compared the relative functional importance of their relationships with their mother, their father, their most important sibling, their best same-sex friend, and their most important teacher. Mothers and fathers were perceived as highly important sources of affection, instrumental aid, and reliable alliance by all adolescents; however, the parent-adolescent child relationship was also ranked high on the conflict dimension. Best same-sex friends were ranked highest in all three adolescent groups for intimacy and companionship. Siblings, too, were perceived as important sources of intimacy and companionship; they were also ranked high for the nurturance and conflict dimensions. Relationships with teachers received very low ratings in general.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques D. Lempers
    • 1
  • Dania S. Clark-Lempers
    • 1
  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmes

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