Dating romantic relationships adolescence
Relationships can support sexual development, an important part of growing to adulthood.
Most adolescents believe that sex should occur within the context of a romantic relationship, and while not all relationships are sexual, most sexually active youth are monogamous.
Some 30% of teen daters say they have ever had sex.
Age is the primary demographic dividing line when it comes to dating and romance.
And they’re linked to your child’s growing interest in body image and looks, independence and privacy.
Romantic relationships can bring lots of emotional ups and downs for your child – and sometimes for the whole family.
Romantic relationships become increasingly significant in the lives of young people as they move from early to late adolescence.Although dating has not yet begun, in early adolescence (ages 10-14) most youth are very preoccupied with romantic issues.Youth at this age spend significant amounts of time in mixed-sex groups that intensify their romantic interest and may eventually lead to romantic relationships (Connolly, Craig, Goldberg, & Pepler, 2004).Romantic relationships are central to social life during middle to late adolescence (ages 15-19).Three-fourths of teens age 16-18 report having had a relationship, dated or "hooked up" with someone and half of these youth have had a serious boyfriend/girlfriend (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2006).
Dating and experience with romance are relatively common – but far from universal – among teens ages 13 to 17.