Indonesian Adolescent in Love: The Practice of Pacaran
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
Dr. Rachmad Djati Winarno
Lecturer, Center for Health Psychology