Relational Influences
Relationship Formation


Dunphy's 5 stages of relationship development are:

  1. early adolescents form cliques (4-10) people of the same sex including an authority figure.
  2. crowd formation from cliques same sex, safety in numbers.
  3. dating higher clique members form heterosexual cliques.
  4. fully developed crowd; number of couples in close association with each other.
  5. crowd disintegration, couples go their separate ways.

Cliques and Crowds

Teenagers Developing Relationships

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