Indonesian Adolescent in Love: The Practice of Pacaran

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This study aimed to describe the course of relationship and the patterns of dating behaviours among Indonesian adolescents. Fifty-nine dating couples between 14 and 25 years old were recruited in this study. They were separately interviewed by trained interviewers. Several prototypes of the course of relationship were retrospectively reported. The result showed that the course of relationship was not correlated with the duration of relationship. It was also found that there were two levels of intimacy rituals, namely superficial intimacy ritual and deep intimacy ritual. Islamic young people tended to report more frequent dating behaviours than did Christian adolescents, but the difference was not statistically significant. Different patterns between male and female behaviours were also found. The age difference between male and female parties predicted an involvement in both levels of intimacy rituals in both males and females. The duration of relationship was associated only with involvement in superficial ritual, while age was related with involvement in both rituals only among males.


Keywords: Indonesia, Course of Relationship, Intimacy Rituals
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rachmad Djati Winarno

Lecturer, Center for Health Psychology
Faculty of Psychology, Soegijapranata Catholic University

Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

Rachmad Djati Winarno was born in Indonesia on August 7, 1961. After completing his study in Philosophy and Theology at the Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1990, he works as a teacher at the Faculty of Psychology of Soegijapranata Catholic University in Semarang, Indonesia until now. In 1993 he started his master program in Guidance and Counselling at De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines and graduated in 1995. Back from his study in the Philippines he works again at the Soegijapranata Catholic University and started to be involved in the newly established Centre for Health Psychology studies at the University. He was the head of the Centre in 1999-2003. In the context of cooperation between the Faculty of Psychology of Soegijapranata Catholic University and Psychology Department of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, he started his PhD program in the Netherlands and was promoted in October 2007. This presented paper is part of his doctoral research.

Ref: I08P0941