Peer Group Antecedents of Severe Love-shyness in Males

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  • Brian G. Gilmartin

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    1. Westfield State College
      Requests for reprints should be addressed to Brian G Gilmartin, Department of Sociology, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA 01086
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  • This research was partially funded by the Auburn University Research Fund I wish to thank Dr Murray Adams, chairperson of Auburn's Sociology Department, for his invaluable assistance in helping me to get this project funded and launched I would also like to thank Ms Allegra Patten of Vassar College for her highly stimulating ideas and emotional support

Requests for reprints should be addressed to Brian G Gilmartin, Department of Sociology, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA 01086

Abstract

ABSTRACT Love-shyness is a degree of inhibition and reticence with the opposite sex that is sufficiently severe to preclude participation in courtship, marriage and family roles Love-shyness is believed to be the result of a genetic-biologically rooted temperament and learning experiences with peers and family Two love-shy groups (an older one and a younger one) were compared to a nonshy group on several variables pertaining to past peer group history, recreational proclivities, etc The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire was also administered to all subjects The love-shys' recalled going through life as social isolates and outcasts and experienced very stressful and nonsupportive relationships with agemate peers In contrast to the non-shys who recalled suffering very little bullying at the hands of agemate peers, the love-shys formative years were recalled as having been fraught with victimization by bullies The implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations are offered

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