Teen pregnancy, Sexually transmitted infections, broken hearts, and depression, are common themes for those who work with teens.It is estimated that 15 percent of teen suicides are due to the breakup of an unhappy dating relationship.Date people your own age – Dating guys several years older than you isn’t healthy.Get to know lots of people – By getting too serious too soon you cut yourself off from other relationships.Their results appear in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.“The findings point out the importance of acting within normal bounds for your age group,” Haynie said.Today, the average age for a person to begin dating is 13. Research has shown that serious adolescent relationships before either partner is emotionally mature can have detrimental effects for identity formation and even life and health.
One out of three teenage girls report experiencing physical violence from a dating partner, yet many of them stay in the relationship stating, “But I love him,” or “A bad relationship is better than no relationship at all.” Instead of understanding that teen dating is about meeting many different people and that breaking up is not a sign of failure, they get caught up in believing they will find Mr. Covey gives teens and parents six guidelines for intelligent dating, which would be great jumping off points for discussion: Don’t date too young – Dating too young can lead to all kinds of problems including getting taken advantage of, getting physical too soon, or not knowing how to end a relationship.
They were then surveyed again one year later, and a third time six years later in 2002.