May 15, 2006

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Drs. Monica Longmore, Peggy Giordano and Wendy Manning (left to right) have conducted a study of boys in romantic relationships.

Affairs of the heart matter to boys, too, BGSU sociologists find

Teenage boys have feelings, too, and when it comes to matters of the heart, they may not be so fleeting after all. Not far beneath the bravado often on display is an unsure adolescent who finds it hard to express emotions that, while new, are nonetheless often sincerely felt.

Boys are more vulnerable and emotionally engaged in romantic relationships than previously thought, according to the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study led by Drs. Peggy Giordano, Monica Longmore and Wendy Manning, sociology.

Also contrary to traditional belief, girls in the study, on average, scored higher than their male romantic partners in terms of decision-making power.

The sociologists' findings appear in the new issue of American Sociological Review, the bimonthly journal of the American Sociological Association.

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