Why relationship matters more to girls than boys

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For teenagers, gender influences their sexual intimate relationships with other. As teenagers enter into intimate relationships, their neurotransmitter called oxytocin is really critical. Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for human bonding. Females have more oxytocin than do males, so when females enter into an intimate relationship, females have higher levels of oxytocin. They are more likely to feel like this is a long-term bonded relationship. Males are less likely to feel that. They may feel that initially with the rise in their oxytocin levels, but that normalizes and drops off. So the boys in these intimate relationships, the next day or the next week, they really feel like that relationship was no big deal. But the girl still feels like it was a very big deal and that it meant something, perhaps more than what the boy thought. This can lead to a lot of hurt feelings and disappointments, particularly on the part of girls.

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Kelley King

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Kelley King has been a K-12 public school educator for over 25 years with work in the areas of school administration, gifted education and special education. Kelley is currently the Associate Director of the Gurian Institute and provides on-site and online workshops for parents and teachers internationally. Kelley is a co-author, with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of two books on education: Strategies for Teachings Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Elementary Educators and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Secondary Educators. Kelley finished her third book entitled Writing the Playbook, a guide for principals on creating schools that honor the unique strengths and characteristics of boys. Kelley is the mother of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter.

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