Engaging and dating relationship at adolescence
Twelve percent of youth who initiated sex in early adolescence did so outside of a dating relationship.
For most subgroups examined, the odds of initiating intercourse during early adolescence were associated with going steady, but not with frequency of dating.
RESULTS: As youth moved from late childhood to midadolescence, they shifted from having almost exclusively same-sex, same-grade friends to having more relationships with persons who are of the opposite sex and older.Parents play an important role in supporting their teenagers through relationships – from role modelling positive behaviours to offering support and a listening ear.When young people start dating, there’s a whole lot of emotion and expectation attached.This study reveals that the digital realm is one part of a broader universe in which teens meet, date and break up with romantic partners.
Online spaces are used infrequently for meeting romantic partners, but play a major role in how teens flirt, woo and communicate with potential and current flames. 10 through March 16, 2015; 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014. While teens often do not share their romantic experiences with adults, those of us working with adolescents—educators, health providers, researchers, community workers—need the best understanding possible of young people’s romantic relationships.